Taylor Bridge Fire Project Gets National Recognition - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Taylor Bridge Fire Project Gets National Recognition

CLE ELUM, Wash.--A community service project put together by the Yakima Valley and Kittitas Red Cross Organizations won a $10,000 grant, giving them national recognition.

Operation Lorax went up against thousands of other "National Make A Difference Day" projects from across the country and came out a winner.

Operation Lorax brings community members together to replant land charred by the Taylor Bridge Fire. So far volunteers have planted thousands of Ponderosa Pines along the north side of Lookout Mountain.

With more money coming in, The American Red Cross said they'll plant another couple thousand trees and create a monument for fallen service members from the state of Washington. The monument will be featured in a downtown city park in Cle Elum.

"It was devastating, but improvement can come from that and when people ban together like that and meet a need it just brings people hope," said Kirsten Hess, the Services to the Armed Forces Director for the American Red Cross. "I think that's really important."

Christina Escobar is the project founder, and she'll be featured in USA WEEKEND Magazine. She'll also be flown to Washington D.C. along with other honorees to be recognized for their hard work in the community.

The second phase of replanting for Operation Lorax is scheduled for April 27th.