Rock River Trail to Distribute 10,000 Free Oak Trees

STATELINE (WIFR) -- This is the third year in a row the Rock River Trail Initiative has distributed up to 10,000 trees in the 11 counties of the Rock River.

Each county will receive 100 bur oak, 100 swamp white oak, 225 pin oak, 225 black oak and 250 red oak. Each sapling is two to four feet long, rooted. Tentatively, the trees will be distributed in Rock Island, Henry, and Whiteside counties April 24; Lee, Ogle, Winnebago, Rock, and Dane counties April 25; and Jefferson, Dodge and Fond du Lac counties April 26. Depending on the temperature, the delivery may be more prompt. Each county will have its own distribution schedule for the public.

With the only caveats being the trees must be planted within sight of the Rock River or near the mouth of one of its tributaries, each of the 11 counties will get at least 900 trees. With 450 trees slated for the public sector: city, county, state, and national parks, preserves or conservation areas, the other 450 trees are slated for farms, residences and businesses along the Rock River.

For Lee County, while supplies last, contact Executive Director Debra Carey of the Dixon Park District, 804 Palmyra Street, Dixon, IL 61021. Phone: (815) 284-3306. The Rock River Trail Initiative Council Member for Lee County is Debbie Thompson, also board member for The Next Picture Show Gallery, Artist and Canoeist. Phone 815-440-1476.

For Ogle County, while supplies last, contact Byron Forest Preserve District Executive Director Todd Tucker or Superintendent of Education and Recreation Richie Wolf, 7993 North River Road, Byron, IL 61010-9533, 815- 234-8535. The Rock River Trail Initiative Council members for Ogle County are President and Vice President of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association Drs. Bob and Sonia Vogl, 815-732-7332, and Oregon Park
District Recreation Program Manager Candice Holbrook, 815-732-3101.

For Winnebago County, while supplies last, contact Rockford Park District Natural Areas Maintenance Coordinator Nate Hill, phone 815-289-9901. Distribution of the trees will be on Sat., April 27, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as supply lasts at RPD Trolley Station, 302 N. Madison. From 8 a.m to noon, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) as part of the Great American Clean Up will offer trees at: . Rockton Village Green Park, 149 E. Chapel St., Rockton; . Roscoe Public Works Building, 5402 Swanson Road, Roscoe; . South Beloit Fire Station, 149 Gardner St., South Beloit; . Wayne.s Feed Store, 3435 Auburn St., Rockford and . New Milford Village Hall, 6771 11th St., New Milford. The Rock River Trail Initiative Council Members for Winnebago County are Rockford Park District Executive Director Emeritus and Historian Webbs Norman, President of the Illinois Paddling Council Tom Lindblade and The Rock River Times Editor & Publisher Frank Schier, 815-670-6440.

For Rock County, while supplies last, contact County Conservationist Thomas Sweeney, USDA – Service Center, 440 N US Highway 14, Janesville, WI 53546, located in the USDA Service Center on Highway 14, east of Janesville, 608-754-6617 ext. 3. To reserve trees in Rock County, ask for Tom or Norm. Trees will be ready for distribution Friday, April 26, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Rock River Trail Initiative Council Members for Rock County are City of Beloit City Councilor Sheila De Forest, phone (608) 312- 2695, and Rock County Parks Executive Director Lori Williams, phone (608) 757-5473.

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