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Thousands of Trees Destroyed By The Taylor Bridge Fire To Be Replanted

A major effort to replant a burned out area in Kittitas County and teach kids about volunteerism is set for tomorrow in Cle Elum. Washington Service Corps member Christina Escobar, serving in Yakima and Kittitas counties, came up with the idea. She says Operation LORAX volunteers will help replant 105 acres of Lookout Mountain burned in the Taylor Bridge Fire. LORAX is a joint effort of the Kittitas/Yakima Valley Red Cross, and it was one of ten winners of the 2013 Make-A-Difference Day national award and a $10,000 grant. “We have over three thousand trees to plant, and what we’d really like to see is children come out and participate, this whole thing started to get kids in our communities to get involved in volunteer experiences.”

Also a new veterans memorial will be dedicated in Cle Elum as part of the day as well. Lots of fun for kids and chances for them to get involved in helping to replant the trees.  It starts at 10 tomorrow morning on Main Street in downtown Cle Elum.  Dignitaries, including 8th District Congressman Dave Reichert will be on hand for the dedication.

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