April 9, 2013
Contacts: Paul Ries, 503-945-7391
Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421
It's Arbor Week: Five Oregon cities receive grant dollars to support tree programs
Oregon Community Trees is proud to announce their selection of five cities, each set to receive grant money for having outstanding tree care programs.
“These grant recipients are good examples of cities who use innovation and creativity to promote trees, tree planting and quality tree care, said OCT President Alan Wells. “We’re proud to honor them during this special week.”
About "Oregon Community Trees" (O.C.T.)
The mission of Oregon Community Trees is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy. O.C.T.'s board of directors includes aborists, urban planners, community activists, foresters and members of the nursery industry.
This year's grant recipients - all Oregon Tree Cities The Tree City USA® (TCUSA) program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The TCUSA program provides direction, technical assistance and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs nationwide.
The five Oregon Tree Cities set to receive new grant dollars are:
* The City of Rogue River is celebrating its 30th year as a Tree City, with plans to refurbish the informational kiosk at their arboretum.
* The City of Gervais is hosting a tree planting by 3rd graders, a poster contest, and a tree planting dedication.
* Meanwhile, LaGande is hosting a poster contest and purchasing new educational materials
* The City of Gresham is supporting student activities, purchasing tree tags, and Hogan Cedar Trees - a unique form of Thuja plicata, a western red cedar which grows naturally only in the Gresham area
* Lake Oswego is purchasing a new Tree City banner to help celebrate future tree-related events.
Oregon’s Arbor Week, the first full week of April, is April 7 – 13 this year, and 57 Oregon cities are slated to be recognized as Tree City USA (TCUSA) communities.