We are planning the largest planting ever for us on November 15 at 1 pm in Addison, IL. 650 tree seedlings will find a new home along I-290. If you are interested in volunteering, please email: greenroadsproject (at) gmail.com
The planting took place on Saturday afternoon, starting at 1 pm. The trees were planted along Rt. 53, near the intersection of Hicks Rd. and Euclid Ave. 11 volunteers got engaged in this three hours long activity.
If interested in future volunteering, please email us at:
greenroadsproject (at) gmail.com
Ten volunteers (Jeko, Kuni, Tom, Harold, Sarah, Mike, Amy, Sarah, Kiril and Tim) made this event not only possible but a joyful celebration of Earth Day.
The event took place only two miles southwest of the Chicago Green Festival.
Location: I-55 (Franklin Connector)
We were blessed to have the most beautiful weather in the month. It took us about 2 hours to place the tree seedlings in the pre-drilled holes, to install the protective nets and to water the trees. It was hard work, but joyful and fulfilling work.
The location was a composition of four areas creating a green tree hug for the highway.
Location: southeast corner of I-90 and Cumberland
Accomplished Goal: To plant at least 250 trees and trash removal from central the planting area
The work was done by a team of 15 volunteers, Katie, Tim, Tom, Laurie, Candy, Carrie, Adam, Jeko, Kuni, Prathap, Matt, Elizabeth, Daniel, Harold and Kiril. We had great time together and enjoyed creating life and beauty for the people in Chicago.
Once the trees grow larger, they will be visible from the I-90 and the CTA blue line. When traveling east on I-90, you will have have a relaxing view of beautiful pine trees on the hill next to the highway. When riding the CTA blue line, you can enjoy the 1000 feet along an evergreen lined route to the south. This is a beauty that gets better and better over the years and it was made possible by a passionate group of volunteers committed to making a difference in Chicago and the world.
The volunteers had fun while working towards a greater future for Chicago and humanity. We all know that by contributing to others we grant our access to unlimited happiness for ourselves.
The money raising is for liability insurance required by the Illinois Department of Transportation to obtain planting permits.
The goal for the donation is to raise $900. Trees Across The Miles NFP is 501 c3 non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible.
We got the needed insurance and paid half of the price. The rest of the $900 yearly payment is due on May 5th.
We are still open for donations.
If you couldn't come to the donation party but would like to donate, you can do so with PayPal by clicking at the button below or by mailing a check to:
Trees Across The Miles NFP
204 E. Broker Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Thank you very much for the support.
The money raising was for liability insurance required by the Illinois Department of Transportation to obtain planting permits.
The goal for the donation was to raise $900. We raised $455.00
With the funds donated by March 17 we got the needed insurance and paid half of the price.
The rest of the $900 yearly payment is due on May 5th.
We are still open for donations (please Check the tree meter for the current amount raised).
Thank you very much for the support.
There was a great view of the downtown Chicago skyline...
Some happy pictures were taken...
The planting locations were selected and marked with flags beforehand and the holes were made the day before the planting. We had three colors of flags, one for each variety of Pine.
The pines planted were Ponderosa Pine, Chinese Pine & Jack Pine.
Seven people volunteered for the planting, Jake, Akis, Nick, Vlad, Sarah, Harold & Kiril. Everyone was wearing reflective vest and had a specific task.
Jake and Vlad are working in a team planting in location "B".
Trees planted by Harold, Technology and Results
Back in the '90s, Harold planted many seedlings of a variety of tree species. Many of these species had a hard time surviving in the harsh environment along the highways. Some trees proved to be resistant to the air pollution, salt during the winter, poor soil quality, drought, insects and diseases. Seeds from the surviving trees were collected and used for germination and future plantings. The high quality genetic pool, improved planting technology and prior experience help to achieve above a 90% survival for the planted trees.
A variety of techniques were used to achieve these results. For example, protective sleeves were placed around the seedlings to help them survive the first years.
The picture below shows the protective sleeves breaking down by the sun's UV light. At this point, after 9 years, they are not needed by the tree and are discarded. The iron wire that supported the sleeve will also degrade over time.
Samples of the past successes are given below:
In just two planting sessions in 2006 (Sep. & Oct.), 500 trees found a home. As support and enthusiasm builds for this project, the impact can expand over time.