A legacy of Learning

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, February 6 2014 at 2:52 PM, Updated: Thu, February 6 2014 at 3:01 PM

For 25 years students have taken to the forest land to plant seedlings in barren areas burned by wildfire.

"it's about education" says organizer Ross Roe or Roe motors. "we haven't had to cancel because of the rain in twenty-five years." They wont have to this year either as more than 1200 students make their way to a section of Josephine County land to plant trees.

It's the first time that Sams Valley students are getting in the dirt and learning hands on in the forest.

"If we didn't have the environment, we wouldn't have most of the food that comes on our plates." Fourth-grader, Kaetriauna is one of 18-thousand students who have taken part in the program where more than 75,000 trees have been planted.

Students from around Southern Oregon will continue their work through the week when the public will be able to finally tour their efforts on Saturday.

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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