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Josephine County Holds 22nd Annual Tree Plant

Started in 1990 to reforest land burned over by the 1988 Walker Mountain fire just outside Grant's Pass, Oregon, this project is going strong into it's 3rd decade. Local car dealer Ross Roe collaborated with ReTree founder Frank Lockyear to organize the first plant with local schoolchildren.

Since then Mr. Roe has kept the project going, making it a three day affair every February. Over 18,000 students and adults have planted trees over the years and over 70,000 trees have been planted. Each tree was planted with a small metal tag so the "alumni" could return to their forest year after year to see how their tree has grown.

Transportation for the planters to the planting sites was once again provided by the Rusty Relics antique tractor group. County forester Vic Harris and county employee Diane Smith helped organize the event and other groups such as the Lion's Club, the Odd Fellows Club, and Scouts also participated and helped out.

From left to right: Treeplanters Kelty Wallace (Manzanita School), Robert Caciolsen (Rogue River School), Madison Busby and Rowdy Bates (Fruitdale School).

From left to right: Tree planter Amani Hall (Highland School), Highland School planters en route to planting site.

From left to right: ReTree's Sharon Elder with local Lion's Club member Chuck LaTourette, County Forester Vic Harris briefs the planters, and the Rusty Relics transport planters to the planting site.

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