Volunteers aid in effort to revitalize a Greenway scorched by the Almeda Fire

Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help solidify aerial reseeding efforts along the Bear Creek Greenway.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 10:50 AM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 10:52 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Volunteers of all ages showed up over the weekend to help revitalize the Bear Creek Greenway after swaths of it burned in the Almeda Fire, according to Jackson County.

The County employed helicopters to re-seed the area by air last week, using a blend of seeds recommended by local botanists to stabilize the damaged soil.

On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers were tasked with spreading straw over the seeds to help with germination. Some also went to areas that the helicopters couldn't reach, hand-seeding and covering the spots with straw.

Jackson County said that hundreds of volunteers turned out, with more than 100 working each day on the revitalization effort.

“We want to acknowledge and thank each volunteer who exemplified being Jackson County strong,” said Emergency Operations team member Steve Lambert.

The past weekend's effort focused on Talent and Phoenix, but there are more burned areas and more work ahead. Jackson County said that volunteers are still needed for future tasks. To volunteer, contact Jackson County Parks Volunteer Coordinator Brooke Amposta by emailing AmpostBA@JacksonCounty.org.

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