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Oregon's Arbor Week begins Monday, April 4
Oregon Department of Forestry News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution

March 28, 2011
 
Contact: Paul D. Ries, 503-945-7391
Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421
 
 
Oregon’s Arbor Week - the first full week of April - begins April 4, and 55 Oregon cities are slated to be recognized as Tree City USA (TCUSA) communities.
 
Newest additions to Oregon’s growing list of tree-friendly communities are the cities of Creswell, in Lane County, and Irrigon, located in Northeast Oregon’s Morrow County. Both cities receive their first-ever awards this month, and all TCUSA communities are holding an Arbor Day event.
 
Tree City USA, sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry, is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation that recognizes cities with programs that plant, plan for, and care for trees.
 
“Trees are important to Oregon’s quality of life, where we have some of the most productive forestland in the world, and some of the most livable cities around,” says Paul Ries, manager of 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.
 
Many Oregon cities earn recertification
In addition to the two new TCUSA cities, many Oregon “Tree Cities” are earning recertification this year. They are:
 
Albany * Ashland  * Baker City * Bandon * Banks * Beaverton * Bend * Brownsville * Coburg *  Coos Bay * Corvallis * Cottage Grove *  Dallas * Eagle Point * Echo * Eugene * Forest Grove * Gervais *  Grants Pass *  Gresham * Happy Valley *  Hood River * Klamath Falls * La Grande *  Lake Oswego  * Lebanon *  Lincoln City * Madras *  McMinnville *  Medford *  Metolius *  Monmouth * Philomath  * Portland *  Redmond  *  Rogue River *  Salem * Sandy *  Scio *  Seaside  *  Sherwood *  Sisters *  Sunriver *  Sweet Home *  Talent * Tigard  *  Tillamook * Toledo *  Troutdale * Tualatin * Veneta * West Linn * Wilsonville.
 
Some cities earn Growth Awards
“Growth City” awards are presented to recognize cities for certain tree-related achievements the previous year. Growth Award Cities are:

  • Western Oregon: Albany, Corvallis, Forest Grove, Lebanon, Medford, Portland, Tigard, and Wilsonville.
  • Eastern Oregon: Baker City, Echo, LaGrande and Sisters.
 
Benchmark Cities
Salem, a charter member of the TCUSA program, is celebrating its 35th year. Other benchmark cities include Banks and Metolius (5 years), Corvallis, Scio and Tigard (10 years) and Medford (15 years).
 
Arbor week events
The many cities currently planning Arbor Week events with ceremonies or tree plantings include Albany, Banks, Beaverton, Forest Grove, Happy Valley, Sherwood, Salem, 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.
 
Also, due to the number of cities with TCUSA designations and the recent budget cuts experienced at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), ODF staff can no longer attend all the presentations. Some cities will have members of Oregon Community Trees’ Board present awards this year.  The mission of Oregon Community Trees (OCT) is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness and advocacy. OCT is an important advisory group to ODF’s urban and community forestry program.
 
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 www.arborday.org/oregon/
More information about trees can be found at www.treesaregood.com.
 
 
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