COBURG, Ore. -- A group of women in Coburg gathered Tuesday afternoon to bundle over 2,000 tree saplings to be handed out at Thursday's Timber Unity rally in Salem.
Heidi Leib spearheaded the project. She and ten other women who work in the forestry and timber industries spent the evening preparing the saplings to be handed out. Leib said the saplings are meant to show the public the timber industry already cares about the environment through their work.
"There's a reason that we're all getting together to stand up against the policies that are trickling down," Leib said. "We're the ones getting our hands dirty in the soil, measuring trees, watching wildlife, protecting clean water and air."
Leib said the timber industry plants 40 to 50 million trees a year in Oregon. She said they would choose to do this even if it wasn't required by state law.
She encourages anyone that has any question's about the timber industry's conservation to reach out.