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Free camping for tree planting

Published Aug. 31, 2017
Bryce Johnson (left), DJ Evans (center) and Ben Evans, Cub Scout Pack 140 members, plant a tree during a National Public Lands Day event at Pine Meadows Campground, Cottage Grove Lake, southeast of Eugene, Oregon, Sept. 24, 2016. This year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a similar event at Schwarz Campground, below Dorena Dam. For their efforts, volunteers can camp for free.

Bryce Johnson (left), DJ Evans (center) and Ben Evans, Cub Scout Pack 140 members, plant a tree during a National Public Lands Day event at Pine Meadows Campground, Cottage Grove Lake, southeast of Eugene, Oregon, Sept. 24, 2016. This year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a similar event at Schwarz Campground, below Dorena Dam. For their efforts, volunteers can camp for free.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day by planting trees and shrubs at Schwarz Campground below Dorena Dam, Saturday, Sept. 30. 

The event supports the nation’s largest single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands. Scouts, youth groups, civic clubs, families and individuals are encouraged to participate in the event.

For their efforts, volunteers can stay in Schwarz Campground for free, either the night before or the night of the event. Volunteers will also receive a pass good for free entry any day during the next year at public land sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Many trees in our parks have died over the last few years,” said Corps Park Manager Tami Schroeder. “We appreciate the help of volunteers to plant new trees that will eventually provide shade for campers and habitat for wildlife.”  

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schwarz Campground and volunteers will also receive a free lunch.  All volunteers should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and long pants. Gloves, tools and drinking water will be available throughout the effort. The campground is located south of Eugene: 34909 Shoreview Drive, Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Volunteers should pre-register no later than Sept. 15 by contacting a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger at (541) 942-5631. For more information about National Public Lands Day, go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/. 

Dorena Dam and Reservoir is one of 13 dam and reservoir projects operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Willamette River drainage system.  Each dam contributes to a water resource plan designed to provide flood risk management, power generation, irrigation, water quality improvement, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation on the Willamette River and many of its tributaries.


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Contact
Tom Conning
503-808-4510
edward.t.conning@usace.army.mil

Release no. 17-032

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