MillionTrees Project

Sorry, but we have run out of trees for the 2018 season.  To be placed on the notification list to request trees for the 2019 season, please email trees@livinglandsandwaters.org.

The Living Lands & Waters tree nursery is located at 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA

 

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May 2016 – Over 600 students from Riverdale Elementary School (Port Byron, IL) excitedly gathered together with the LL&W crew, and “The Walking Tree of Life” for the presentation and planting of our one-millionth tree!


The MillionTrees Project was initiated in 2007 to help further our mission to protect, preserve and restore the natural environment of our nation’s major rivers and their watersheds. Our mission is to not only clean up the riverways, but to also enhance the watershed by planting native trees and removing invasive plants.

In 2007 we started collecting and planting acorns with a goal of growing one million trees. We reached that goal in 2016 and now we’re shooting for another million!

May 2014 we broke ground on our new tree nursery located in Davenport, IA. After two to three growing seasons, the trees are harvested and new acorns are planted each fall.

MillionTrees Project Goals

  • To grow and plant 1 million+ trees
  • Re-establish native, nut-bearing, hardwood trees along waterways and within  communities
  • Provide shelter and a viable food source for wildlife and migratory birds
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Help reduce erosion and run-off
  • Improve water and air quality
  • Create an awareness regarding the value of planting native hardwoods

Thank you all for your continued support! 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I volunteer?

LL&W will be looking for volunteers of all ages to help harvest, wrap and prepare trees for the 2018 season. Check out more information on each event below.

Tree Harvest

March 19-23, 2018 | 9am-noon & 1pm-4pm

This event will take place at LL&W’s Tree Nursery located at 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA. Able-bodied volunteers that can handle bending over for substantial periods of time are needed to help pull trees out of the ground, remove dirt from root systems, count/inventory and bundle trees in groups of 25.

This event will take place outside so please dress appropriately for the weather and in clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and closed-toed shoes required.

LL&W will provide gloves, drinks, lunch and music!

NOTE:  This event is dependent on the weather and may be cancelled and/or postponed for inclement weather.  Further, the number of volunteers that sign up will determine the speed at which the trees are harvested. For instance, while we blocked a week to get the job done, if we get hundreds of volunteers early in the week, all trees may be harvested within a couple days. Therefore, there is a chance that all trees may be harvested before the time you registered for. In case this happens, we will notify all volunteers ASAP, so please be sure to REGISTER so can contact you in case of any change of plans!

Tree Wrapping

April 6-7, 2018 | 9am-5pm

This event will take place at East Moline School District’s Old Bus Garage, located at 2025 Morton Drive, East Moline, IL. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed to help wrap trees for distribution. Specific tasks include wrapping the tree root in newspaper, dipping the wrapped root in water, placing the tree root in a plastic bag, tying a piece of twine to close the bag, placing groups of 25 wrapped trees in bundles and, finally, bagging bundles in large garbage bags and labeling contents.

This event will take place indoors in a heated garage and will happen rain or shine. While volunteers are free to come and go as they please, we hope that most volunteers can assist for about 2 hours (but we’ll take your help for 10 minutes if that’s all you can spare!). We ask that all volunteers wear closed-toed shoes and long pants that can get dirty.

LL&W will provide all supplies, gloves, drinking water and even a DJ to play your favorite music…song requests taken!

In order to make sure we have enough supplies each day, we kindly ask that you please REGISTER.

Nursery Maintenance

July 7-August 4-September 8 (all Saturdays) | 9am-Noon

This event will take place at LL&W’s Tree Nursery located at 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA. Able-bodied volunteers that can handle bending over for substantial periods of time are needed to help maintain our nursery by pulling weeds that are trying to compete with our little oak trees! These events will take place outside so please dress appropriately for the weather and in clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and closed-toed shoes required.

LL&W will provide gloves, drinks, lunch, and music!

NOTE: This event is dependent on the weather and may be cancelled and/or postponed for inclement weather. If this happens, we will notify all volunteers ASAP, so please be sure to REGISTER so can contact you in case of any change of plans!

Acorn Planting

November 3 | 9am-Noon

This event will take place at LL&W’s Tree Nursery located at 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA. Able-bodied volunteers that can handle bending over for substantial periods of time are needed to help plant acorns. Specific duties include loading buckets of acorns, laying acorns in furrows, placing acorns in single file, and covering the acorns with mulch. This event will take place outside so please dress appropriately for the weather and in clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and closed-toed shoes required.

LL&W will provide gloves, drinks, lunch and music.

NOTE:  This event is dependent on the weather and may be cancelled and/or postponed for inclement weather.  If this happens, we will notify all volunteers ASAP, so please be sure to REGISTER so can contact you in case of any change of plans!

 6000 Eastern Avenue Davenport, IA Tree Nursery Location

Tree Wrapping Map Location for Tree Wrapping Events

 

Why is this project important?

Over the last 150 years there has been a decline in tree diversity along the shorelines of the Midwest’s mightiest rivers as hardwood trees (such as oaks, hickories, pecan, paw paw, etc.) have been depleted for fuel and building materials, and by flooding and disease. Everyone assumes that there is an abundance of wildlife on the river, but many species have nearly disappeared because of the absence of food as the trees that currently exist on the river have little or no food value for wildlife.

The MillionTrees Project will only plant trees that produce nuts and fruit so that ducks, songbirds, squirrels, wild turkeys, etc. have a viable food source. These strong hardwoods also create a wonderful habitat for wildlife and nesting birds.

The roots of trees act as filters. Especially when planted along waterways, these roots can help reduce the amount of pollution and run-off entering our creeks, rivers, and streams.

Trees grow long and strong roots in order to keep them in place. These same roots also help keep the ground in place and reduce erosion.
Diversifying the current makeup of trees along our shorelines and in our communities increases the opportunities for beneficial wildlife and insects to live. It also helps protect against viruses, bores, etc. that could otherwise deplete an entire forest that’s made up of just one or two species.

Trees also filter the air we breathe. By absorbing carbon, they reduce the impacts of climate change, and the leaves also produce oxygen for us to breathe.

When planted along shorelines and islands, these trees produce shade over our waterways, keeping them cool for aquatic life and reducing the intensity of algae blooms and eutrophication of our waters. They also keep humans and wildlife safe and cool during hot and steamy summers.

Aside from all the health and wildlife benefits, trees are just plain beautiful and increase aesthetics everywhere they are planted.

Perhaps the most important part of this project is the community involvement. Thousands of volunteers annually help LL&W with packaging and planting trees throughout the Midwest. 

How can I request trees?

Thank you for your interest in our MillionTrees Project!

LL&W will begin taking orders for trees at 10am on Tuesday, February 20th.  These trees will be distributed in April. For the 2018 season, we will have 4 species of oak trees: Red, Swamp White, Bur and Shumard. All orders will be accepted ONLY via our online form, which will not go live until 10am on February 20th. To be placed on our email notification list and receive a link to the online ordering form, please email trees@livinglandsandwaters.org by 5pm on Friday, February 16th.

Sorry, but we have run out of trees for the 2018 season.  To be placed on the notification list to request trees for the 2019 season, please email trees@livinglandsandwaters.org

Who can I contact to learn more?

For more information about our MillionTrees Project, please contact Tammy at trees@livinglandsandwaters.org

Detailed Species Information/Planting Instructions

We will have Red OakSwamp White Oak, Bur Oak, and Shumard Oak.

  • 12-24 inch tall bare root saplings
  • Plant at least 10-20 feet apart; 30 feet from buildings or power lines
  • Tree guards and/or rabbit wire is recommended
  • Please request only as many as you can plant and care for
  • Review tree species info to determine which type to plant

Click here for a downloadable version of our Planting/Care instructions. This year will be Red Oak, Swamp White Oak, Bur Oak and Shumard Oak.

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**Where are they now?**

Were you one of the recipients of the ONE MILLION trees that Living Lands & Waters has given away? Send us an updated photo of how your oak tree is doing, and pass along any words of wisdom for future tree parents! We will send LL&W swag for each entry! Visit: http://livinglandsandwaters.org/mtp-where-are-they-now/ now to learn more!

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