Toutle, Washington: Statue of the Tree Planter

Bent over in his backbreaking labor, the bronze "Tree Planter" honors those who reseeded Weyerhaeuser's property with over 18 million trees after Mt. St. Helens.

Mt. St. Helens Forest Learning Center

Address:
17000 Spirit Lake Hwy, Toutle, WA
Directions:
Mt. St. Helens Forest Learning Center. On the south side of Hwy 504/Spirit Lake Hwy, 22.5 miles east of Toutle. Follow the sidewalk behind the Center to get to the statue.
Admission:
Free
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Secret Statue: Guy with a Shovel

Stuck behind the Mt. St. Helens Forest Learning Center (a shameless paean to Weyerhaeuser) at Mount St. Helens is a statue of a guy wearing rubber boots and a baseball cap. Slung over his hunched back is a bag full of rough sticks. He is leaning far, far over to where he's dug the blade of a shovel into the ground. Heroes of sorts, guys like these hand-planted 18 million trees after the eruption in 1980. But here he looks like a mook. Fail!

[PegriniB, 05/30/2015]

The plaque for the backbreaking Tree Planter statue praises people like him for the reforestation of Weyerhaeuser's "company lands" within the Mt. St. Helens blast zone.

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