Eight Oregon cities are planning Arbor Week events with the help of grants from the non-profit Oregon Community Trees.
Ashland, Bend, Coburg, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Echo, McMinnville and Monmouth have earned the Tree City USA title for promoting urban trees to benefit their residents. The communities in each city are planning various events to commemorate Arbor Week this year.
If you live in Ashland, Bend, Coburg, Cottage Grove or McMinnville you can take part in tree plantings.
“Plantings during Arbor week are an opportunity to educate participants on appropriate street tree selections for the local climate, proper planting techniques and post-planting tree care and maintenance,” said Mike Oxendine, Ashland Parks and Recreation Superintendent in a release from the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Cottage Grove will also kick off its citywide street tree inventory.
“We hope to draw attention to the inventory project as an important tool for then reviewing our list of approved street trees,” said Cottage Grove Tree Board Member Eric Mongan in the release. “The goal is to be better prepared for the arrival of tree-killing diseases and pests, such as emerald ash borer.”
Residents in Corvallis can join thank-you celebrations for the Parks and Recreation’s corps of Neighborhood Tree Steward volunteers. These volunteers planted a record-breaking 167 trees in Corvallis parks, open spaces and right of ways this season.
Oregon Community Trees gave a combined total of nearly $3,600 in grants this year, the largest in history, said Morgan Holen, who serves as grants committee chair for the non-profit
Arbor Week in Oregon is the first full week in April. Let Oregon Forests Forever know what events you’ll be attending this year and we’ll include it on our blog and events calendar.