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Hundreds of Trees Planted Near Beltline

FRIENDS OF TREESEUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of people came out on Saturday to help beautify an empty stretch of land in west Eugene that hundreds of people drive by every day.

About 100 volunteers turned out for the event, coordinated by Friends with Trees. They planted 211 new trees and shrubs on the land, which runs along the Beltline and Roosevelt and is owned by ODOT.

Coordinators say the new plants will help filter the water that runs into the nearby Amazon Creek, and will eventually provide shade for the multi-purpose path there.

Although Friends of Trees has had a very successful relationship with ODOT in Portland for many years, today’s event was the first time the nonprofit has partnered with ODOT in Lane County. Volunteers say the response has been positive.

“This is a highly visible site and we hope that people will see this and be really happy,” says Erik Burke, Eugene Chapter Director at Friends of Trees.

Burke said several people who drove by had been honking and giving volunteers the thumbs up.

Saturday’s event was just phase one of the project. If it goes well, the nonprofit hopes to plant even more in the area, so it will be plush with native trees.

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