Presented by Portland General Electric | April 26th, 2014
Thanks to all the volunteers and event leaders that made the 25th Annual SOLVE IT Earth Day event a great success!
More than 6,500 volunteers turned out on April 26th (some projects took place the weeks preceding and following the main event date) at more than 180 sites, including neighborhoods, parks, school grounds and natural areas around the state to make a difference for Earth Day.
With SOLVE support, volunteers removed 61 tons of trash and 61 tires, cleared 28 acres of non-native invasive weeds, planted 2,651 trees and shrubs, and mulched 5,400 hundred native plants!
An Oregon tradition now in its third decade, the event saw families, community groups, individuals and businesses participate in this fun, one-day event. Volunteer 'teams' included groups from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and employees from presenting sponsor Portland General Electric.
There were project highlights throughout the state. Outside Estacada over 50 volunteers came together to remove 12,000 pounds of trash from the Mt. Hood National Forest. In Nyssa, on the eastern border of the state, 11 volunteers cleared 3,000 square feet of invasive plants from the Snake River Landing. In Southern Oregon 20 volunteers cleared an acre of invasive plants and removed 300 pounds of trash outside of Klamath Falls!
Many volunteers chose to make Earth Day a family activity by getting their children involved in the fun! At the Willow Creek Restoration Site in Beaverton over 30 youth joined their parents to mulch hundreds of native plants to help ensure they survive the summer.
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