AmeriCorps volunteers outside Chad Pregracke’s Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) headquarters at Port Byron, Ill., in front of a Penske truck full of 10,780 trees for the Rock River Trail Initiative. The large, log-cabin complex on the Mississippi River is the center for Pregracke’s efforts, such as his Million Trees Program, which is the source for the oak trees distributed in the 11 counties of the Rock River in Wisconsin and Illinois. These AmeriCorps members sorted, wrapped and packaged all 138,500 of this year’s trees; to date, LL&W has distributed close to 750,000 of its 1 million-tree goal. AmeriCorps is a national service and youth jobs program signed into law by President Bill Clinton 20 years ago. Locally, Kerry Knodle’s YouthBuild is part of the AmeriCorps network. Pictured from left to right in photo are AmeriCorps members Nelson Curran, Mitchel Duran, Michaela Wayland, Marquis Franklin (holding the tennis ball), Ashley Dickenson, Rock River Trail Initiative Council member Debbie Thompson, LL&W Million Trees Project Coordinator Ashley Stover, and Sugar the Dog in front staring at the tennis ball. For more information, go to http://livinglandsandwaters.org/get-involved/million-trees/ or www.rockrivertrail.com.
From the April 30-May 6, 2014