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Volunteers plant trees to help restore run-down area of Gaddis Park

Volunteers came together to plant trees and shrubs at Roseburg's Gaddis Park to help restore a run-down area of the park, February 10, 2018. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A non-profit in Roseburg put on a family friendly planting event over the weekend.

Volunteers came together to plant trees and shrubs at Gaddis Park to help restore a run-down area of the park.

"We're all helping and working together to build it back up because the bank over there is falling in,” explained Becky Banks, one of the tree planters. “So, it could be gone and be like California, and ya know, gone, or we could try and keep it together and build it back up."

A local non-profit called Umpqua Watersheds put on the event to specifically plant native trees and shrubs near the bank.

"They're more adapted to the climate, and they don't over-compete for resources like invasives - invasives take over," said Christine Smith with Umpqua Watersheds.

The organization says this was an opportunity for the community to come together to learn more about the environment.

“It's the people who are here who don't really know each other,” Smith said. “They're just here for the common interest in planting a tree. Some of the people here have never planted a tree before."

Volunteers did have a chance to get their hands dirty, even if there were some challenges.

"The terrain is a little bit steep, and it's little a rough," Banks said.

Umpqua Watersheds hopes the trees planted will grow big, strong, and tall for the entire community to enjoy.

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