SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — The Illinois Department of Transportation is distributing 5,000 seedlings to schools throughout the state this week in honor of Earth Day.
The distribution comes in cooperation with Living Lands & Waters. The “Trees to Schools” initiative helps offset the loss of trees removed or otherwise affected by construction and maintenance activities.
Each of the nine IDOT highway districts is receiving 550 trees to distribute to local schools. Participating schools use the trees on their grounds or distribute them to students as a learning opportunity about the importance of trees to the environment.
The trees were provided for free to IDOT as part of Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project. Varieties included red oak, swamp white oak, bur oak and redbud.
In WInnebago County, trees will be available for pick-up on Earth Day. More information can be found here.