Planting Day

Communities for Healthy Forests led more than 100 elementary students on a literal ‘field trip’ to the Hinkle Creek area east of Sutherlin. With help from staff from Roseburg Forest Products, the BLM, US Forest Service, Douglas Forest Protective Association, and the Umpqua Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, the students learned how to correctly plant a tree.

The annual 5th grader’s tree planting day allows kids to get to go out with shovels and seedlings in hand and plant a recent clear-cut or salvaged area. They get to learn the basics of actively managing forests after they have been burned or forested, and get to experience what it is like to work outside.