Units can take part in a fun, educational service project in the out-of-doors by participating in the annual Guy Miller Tree Plant project. These projects qualify for the Good Turn for America campaign, and may be reported by individual units on the Good Turn for America web site. A segment is available from the Nor'West Scout Shop for youth participation, and each qualifying unit receives a ribbon (ReTree International) for their unit flag.
Tree plants are held almost every Saturday, November through May and most run from 9 a.m.-12 noon. Sites are selected by public and private sponsors in locations ranging from the coast to the Cascades in the 18 counties of Oregon and Washington served by the Cascade Pacific Council. Units provide their own transportation and insurance.
The web site is open for reservations. Units can sign up for a tree plant and get immediate results by using the new BSA online reservation system. Go to the Cascade Pacific Council website. First, use the online Tree Plant Listing to access the most up-to-date information on locations, dates and openings. Then make a reservation online, and find out where your Tree Plant will be.
Individuals, corporations, agencies, watershed councils, or other land managers and owners can sponsor a tree plant. All you need is a piece of land and a commitment to let the trees grow. Plantings began in November and will run through May throughout these council service areas (Lonview-Kelso, WA to the Albany, OR area; west to the Oregon & Washington Coasts; and east to The Dalles, OR and Goldendale, WA.
Saturday, March 13, 2004, Ivor Davies Park in Molalla 50 Cub Scouts from 4 troops participated in a Guy Miller Tree Plant along with 20 adults. 350 trees were planted. The troops were from Oregon City, Troutdale, Portland, and Canby/Hubbard.
As in past years Retree will be asking public land managers, businesses, and private landowners who have some land they would like to see planted and would like to sponsor a plant, to contact us. We ask that there be a committment to maintaining this land as a forested area and that the land be planted with native species. The plantings are generally held on Saturdays to accommodate Scouts' school schedules. We are looking forward to another great planting season!
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