Rock River Trail: 10,000 oaks for the Rock River

Smiles from volunteers and the professional At Black Hawk Park! From left, volunteers Lisa Strafford and Glenna Larson were waiting and ready to pick up oak trees, with Volunteer and Education Coordinator Marilyn Andress of Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District. The 10,000 swamp, bur, red and white oak trees were successfully delivered to the 11 counties on the Rock River in Illinois and Wisconsin April 13-15, 2011. This is the maintenance yard in Black Hawk Park in Rock Island, which was the first stop on the south to north delivery journey. Each county received 910 trees—455 for city, county, and state parks and federal properties, and 455 for people who own homes, farms or businesses on the Rock River. (Photo by Frank Schier)
A FINE WELCOME IN CAMBRIDGE! The second stop was Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District in Cambridge, Ill. Administrative Coordinator Sharon Matson (left) and Soil Conservationist Jodi Martin from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences were very nice and excited to get the trees. Thanks to all who made this possible! Literally, the shores of the Rock River will be greener in every way for many years to come because of your fine work and splendid cooperation. More photos and stories to come about this great operation and achievement for the Rock River Trail. Again, many thanks to all involved, especially Kristrina Leftwich of The Rock River Times! Special thanks to Chad Pregracke ( and all his staff. Special thanks to Warren Green, branch rental manager of Penske Truck Rentals in Rockford, who has donated an 8,000-pound capacity truck for the pick-up and delivery of the oak trees. For more information, go to Special thanks to the City of Rockford and Mayor Larry Morrissey for the donation of $500 for fuel costs, and to Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen and the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District for $1,300 to advertise with the Illinois and Wisconsin press associations.—F.S. (Photo by Frank Schier)

From the April 27-May 3, 2011, issue

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