Arbor Day plea to reforest the ‘Forest City’

LOVES PARK—In the early hours of July 5, 2003, much of Rockford and Winnebago County was devastated by the fierce storm that tore through the area. In addition to the many homes and businesses that were damaged, thousands of beautiful trees were felled or damaged so badly they had to be removed.

That is why this Arbor Day, April 30, Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful encourages area residents to reforest the “Forest City” by participating in the non-profit national Trees Across America program, which has set a goal of planting 285 million trees, one for each person living in the United States.

“Arbor Day is the perfect day to combine the efforts of Trees Across America with the need to reforest Rockford and Winnebago County,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful. “Schools, families and churches can combine their Earth Day and Arbor Day activities into this significant effort by planting trees and shrubs on school grounds, parks and elsewhere within our communities. By replacing the felled trees and planting additional trees, we strengthen our environment while restoring the natural beauty that was taken from us last July.”

For more information about Trees Across America and starting a tree planting project, as well as links on proper planting, species of trees that are right for our area, and combating the problems trees face from urban sprawl, visit

Another way to celebrate both Earth Day and Arbor Day is to save trees by recycling your paper. Paper products such as newspapers, slicks, inserts, phone books, junk mail, paper bags, office paper, computer paper, chipboard, magazines, corrugated cardboard, etc., can be taken to the Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful Recycling Center, the only all-volunteer-staffed and operated recycling center in northern Illinois. The Recycling Center is open year round on Saturdays (excluding when the wind chill dips below zero), from 9 a.m. until noon, and is located in the Waste Management parking lot on the frontage road (past McMurry Road and Route 251) in Roscoe.

In addition to paper, other items accepted at the Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful Recycling Center include:

u Glass containers (food jars and bottles only—green, brown and clear)

u Plastic containers (coded No. 2—all; No. 1—water, soda and clear liquor bottles only; six-pack rings)

u Laser/ink jet cartridges

u Metal cans (food cans only with labels removed)

u Aluminum (cans, aluminum scrap, foil, pie tins, etc.)

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful—the only regional affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc.—is a volunteer-driven, non-profit public education organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to provide education, public awareness and service to the community with regard to local preservation of our world’s resources and solid waste management.

To learn more, call Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful at (815) 637-1343, or e-mail

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