An Illinois environmental group is giving out 150,000 free trees this year in a quest to give away 1 million trees. East Moline-based Living Lands and Waters started the Million Trees Project in 2007 as a way to encourage replenishment of vegetation along the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois River banks. But project coordinator Ashley Stover says the trees don’t have to be planted along the river.
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“Trees are important not only to prevent soil erosion, but to provide food and shelter for wildlife, also provide aesthetic value for property as well as oxygen for people,” she says. Living Lands and Waters will give away several varieties of oak tree saplings, which will range in size from six inches to three feet. Stover says anyone who’d like one can apply online at www.livinglandsandwaters.org, but stresses only those with enough space for a fully grown oak and those who can care for one need apply. Applications must be received by Feb. 24. Trees will be delivered sometime in April.