Volunteers Plant Trees for MLK Day

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some folks in Springfield got their hands dirty Monday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. To make the most of the holiday, the Eugene Chapter of Friends of Trees organized a tree planting out in the Whilamut Natural Area just off Walnut in Springfield.

Nearly 50 volunteers made it out to get down in the dirt from about 9 a.m. to noon to dedicate some service hours to the man of the day. Volunteers also did quite a bit of ivy pulling. All of the work is being done to help maintain the native wildflowers and trees. Organizers say it’s the least they can do on a day like this.

Friends of Trees Director Erik Burke says, ” I think Martin Luther King, Jr. gave everything he had to give back to the community and make the world a better place and we’re doing just a small thing to improve the forest in the community here.”

Northwest Natural was also there helping out. They actually sponsored the event.

Organizers say the riparian forest and adjoining wildflowers in the Willamette Valley have been slowly disappearing from agricultural and urban development. They say that section of the park is one of a few left and they want to do their best to keep it around for the community to appreciate.

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