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FFA chapters collect and recycle Christmas trees

Snow didn't stop these Oregon FFA members and their advisor from picking up Christmas trees for recycling. Pictured, left to right, are: FFA Advisor Josh Nelson, Hayden Eastman, Adam Merrill, Timmy Breeden,  Megan Buttens, and Jake Heather. Photo supplied
Snow didn't stop these Oregon FFA members and their advisor from picking up Christmas trees for recycling. Pictured, left to right, are: FFA Advisor Josh Nelson, Hayden Eastman, Adam Merrill, Timmy Breeden, Megan Buttens, and Jake Heather. Photo supplied

The Future Farmers of America chapters in Byron, Forreston, Oregon, and Polo once again participated Jan. 12 in collecting Christmas trees from local residents and took them to area chipping sites.

Polo FFA Advisor Stephanie Schultz and the Polo High School FFA volunteers covered the Polo area.

Oregon Advisor Josh Nelson and the Oregon High School FFA volunteers went out in the Oregon and Mt. Morris areas, and Forreston Advisor Kelley Koester and the Forreston High School FFA volunteers collected trees in Forreston, Leaf River, German Valley, Baileyville, and Adeline.

Byron Advisor Eric Tryggestad and the Byron High School FFA volunteers collected trees in the Byron area.

The advisors and volunteers met early in the morning to plan out routes and map out areas to cover to pick up the trees.

Then they ventured out in snowy conditions with a variety of trucks and trailers to gather up and drop-off the trees for recycling.

Some students were also able to observe and learn about tree chipping and the safe way to operate the chipper.

These FFA groups have been participating in the Christmas tree recycling program since 1998 and since the program began more than 15,000 trees, representing approximately 380 tons, have been collected, mulched, and diverted from local landfills.

For more information about this program, call the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020.