JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. -- By Sunday, Josephine County will have 4,000 new trees planted. Students from across the county are helping plant the trees for the annual Ross Roe Memorial Youth Tree Plant.
“This was actually started 30 years ago with the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. We make sure we always set aside a day for them to come out and continue to participate," said Josephine County Forestry Program Director Dave Streeter.
More than 500 students helped plant tree Thursday. Another 500 will be out planting trees on Friday.
Last year, the event was renamed in honor of Ross Roe.
“This was something, the tree plant that he had organized to plant some of the Josephine County timber lands that were destroyed in a wildfire, and then after that we just continued to keep going and going every year doing it and it’s such a good program and it’s still going today," said Streeter.
Streeter hopes the event inspires kids to consider a career in the forestry industry.
“Forestry has been a dying profession for quite some time with the industry falling off, but it’s a great opportunity, we got the best job on the planet, get out here, be out here in the woods with the critters and the kids," said Streeter.