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Oregon's Arbor Week starts Monday, April 5, with Tree City USA recognition ceremonies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution
March 29, 2010
Paul D. Ries, 503-945-7391
Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421
During Oregon’s Arbor Week, 54 Oregon cities will be recognized as Tree City USA (TCUSA) communities – the highest ever total for the state.
Newest additions to the growing list of tree-friendly communities are the cities of Bandon, Hood River and Veneta; all are receiving their first-ever awards this month.
Tree City USA, a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry, recognizes cities that develop programs to plant and care for trees.
“Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon cities because they provide so many economic, environmental and social benefits,” says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing wood products, fish and wildlife habitat, shade, economic benefits, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries.
In addition to the three new TCUSA cities, Oregon cities earning recertification this year include:
Albany * Ashland  * Baker City * Banks * Beaverton * Bend * Brownsville * Coburg  *  Coos Bay * Corvallis * Cottage Grove *  Dallas * Eagle Point * Echo * Eugene * Forest Grove * Gervais *  Grants Pass *  Gresham * Happy Valley *  Klamath Falls * La Grande *  Lake Oswego  * Lebanon *  Lincoln City * Madras *  McMinnville *  Medford *  Metolius *  Monmouth * Philomath  * Portland *  Redmond  *  Reedsport *  Rogue River *  Salem * Sandy *  Scio *  Seaside  *  Sherwood *  Sisters *  Sunriver *  Sweet Home *  Talent * Tigard  *  Tillamook * Toledo *  Troutdale * Tualatin * West Linn *  Wilsonville.
The many cities currently planning Arbor Week events with ceremonies or tree plantings include Albany, Banks, Happy Valley, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. However, just because you don't see your city listed here doesn't mean an event isn't planned, so check with local city government officials for details pertaining to your community. Most cities will receive their Tree City award during Arbor Week, or on National Arbor Day, April 30.
In Corvallis: Tree Campus USA recognition
The Oregon Department of Forestry also promotes a new recognition program for college campuses, called the Tree Campus USA program.  Oregon State University in Corvallis is the state’s only Tree Campus.
OSU will receive its Tree Campus award on Thursday April 8th at 11 am during a tree planting ceremony at the LaSells-Stewart Center across the street from Reser Staduim.
Tips for tree planting at home
For homeowners, now is an excellent opportunity to take stock of trees and plan for the future. Consider how planting new trees might improve the look of your property and provide wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, a visual screen, and wind or heat protection. For long-term success, remember these tree planting tips.
Trees are often not given their best odds for long-term survival and growth because they are planted too deeply. When planting a tree, never dig the hole deeper than necessary and plant the tree with the root collar at ground level or slightly (2”) higher to allow for settling. Also remove all containers, wire, plastic and string from the trunk and roots before planting.
Fertilizing at the time of planting is not necessary, but the tree should be deeply watered after planting. Common symptoms of newly planted trees that have been too deeply planted include yellow foliage, fall color that comes earlier than usual, and leaf drop.
To learn more about Arbor Week, visit http://www.arborday.org//oregon/
More information about trees can be found at www.treesaregood.com.