ILLINOIS (WCIA) — IDOT is giving 5,000 seedlings to schools this week with Living Lands and Waters in honor of Earth Day, Monday.
The Trees to Schools initiative helps offset the loss of trees removed or otherwise affected by construction and maintenance.
Each of the nine IDOT highway districts gives away 550 trees to area schools. Those schools then use those trees on their grounds or give them to students.
One tree can produce as much oxygen in a single season as ten humans consume in one year.
The variety of trees include red oak, swamp white oak, bur oak and redbud.
Since 2009, IDOT has distributed about 50,000 seedlings through Living Lands & Waters, a nonprofit environmental organization.