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1 Million Plants In A Year



Producer: Vince Patton   Videographers: Nick Fisher, Todd Sonflieth   Editor: Michael Bendixen   Additional Video & Animation: Clean Water Services, Dave Weich


Volunteers planted 1100 shrubs and trees in one morning at Murrayhill Park in Beaverton.

Volunteers planted 1100 shrubs and trees in one morning at Murrayhill Park in Beaverton.

Nick Fisher/OPB

A bold project called “Tree For All” aimed to plant 1 million trees and shrubs in a single year.
Volunteers young and old pitched in to help plant 2 million trees and shrubs in one year.

Volunteers young and old pitched in to help plant 2 million trees and shrubs in one year.

Nick Fisher/OPB

Organizers call it the largest community based restoration program in the U.S. The genesis for this recent giant project started years ago as an alternative for Clean Water Services to avoid building a $150 million chiller to cool wastewater discharge into the Tualatin River.

The goal is to cool the Tualatin River and its tributaries with shade.

The goal is to cool the Tualatin River and its tributaries with shade.

Courtesy Cleanwater Services/Dave Weich.

The project morphed into an ever-growing stream restoration involving rural farmers and urban utilities, parks and governments.

Nurseries had to grown hundreds of thousands of native plants.

Nurseries had to grown hundreds of thousands of native plants.

Courtesy: Cleanwater Services/Dave Weich.

And that goal of 1 million plantings? They blew right past it and planted 2 million trees and shrubs in just one year.
Professional timber crews plant more than 20,000 shrubs and trees in one day on a farm along Gals Creek.

Professional timber crews plant more than 20,000 shrubs and trees in one day on a farm along Gals Creek.

Nick Fisher/OPB

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Buzz Holmstrom & 1 Million Plants In A Year (2712)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2712
Most Recent Broadcast: February 25, 2016