Oregon is a “tree” state. We have diverse forests and beautiful trees. In fact, Oregon has some of the most productive forests and is home to some of the largest trees in the world. We place a high value on the importance that trees play in our quality of life by providing habitat for wildlife, products that we all use, clean air and water and all of the other wonderful things that trees do. For that reason, Oregonians celebrate an entire Arbor Week. We invite you to celebrate the importance of trees in your life.
Five Oregon Communities Receive Arbor Week Grants in 2017
For the past few years, Oregon Community Trees has annually offered no-match grants for up to $500 to help Oregon Tree Cities to “boost” their Arbor Week celebrations. These grants are only available to cities who have been designated a Tree City USA for at least one year, and are currently recognized as Tree Cities USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Typically, these grants help Oregon Tree Cities purchase banners, T-shirts, tree planting equipment, refreshments, trees, and related items to make their celebrations far more festive than they would have been otherwise. This year, five communities were chosen by the OCT grant committee to receive Arbor Week grant funding. Congratulations to all!
- Central Point (TCUSA – 4 years): The Central Point Skyrman Arboretum is a new addition to the city. Mr. Skyrman, who died in September 2010, donated the property, with its diverse mix of trees and shrubs, to the City with the stipulation that it be used as an educational arboretum for youth and for public enjoyment. During Arbor Week, 3rd graders from a local elementary school will be invited to the arboretum to participate in lite park clean-up of litter, tree planting, and basic tree care instruction. Grant funds will be used to purchase a commemorative tree, printing of promotional materials for the Arboretum, classroom posters and student study sheets.
- Cottage Grove (TCUSA – 23 years): Partnering with the local Watershed Council, Harrison Elementary School, and other community leaders, members of the Cottage Grove City Tree Committee will be planting native trees with the students of Harrison Elementary School in Bohemia Park. Grant funding will help purchase trees, and expert tree planting instruction will be provided by the CG Tree Committee.
- La Grande (TCUSA – 27 years): The City has a goal of planting 100 shade trees each year and the Urban Forestry Division relies on volunteers, their Community Landscape and Forestry Commissioners, and many local partners to make that happen. In addition to growing La Grande’s urban forest these volunteers are ambassadors for La Grande’s City trees. OCT grant funds will be used to purchase tee shirts for the volunteers at the 2017 Arbor Day street tree planting event, to let them know how much their time and talent are appreciated.
- Rogue River (TCUSA – 34 years): This city has several events planned to celebrate Arbor Day: Third Grade Arbor Day essay and poster project; an Arbor Day tree planting with several officials and guests attending; two tree walks through Palmerton Park Arboretum; and a staging a booth at the city’s annual Rooster Crow weekend. Grant funds will be used for vests and T-shirts for volunteers; a reusable canopy for public tree events; TCUSA bracelets for essay and poster participants; and Caring for Trees posters for classrooms.
- Sherwood (TCUSA – 12 years): Partnering with AKS Engineering, Clean Water Services, Sherwood School District, Sherwood Public Library, Target, Walmart, and Safeway, City staff, volunteers, and local high school “Green Team” will be working with a local elementary school to promote and celebrate Arbor Day. In addition to planting trees, they will provide educational activities with the students. Grant funds will be used to purchase both child- and adult-sized shovels and work gloves.
Previous Grant Recipients:
- Baker City
- Oregon City
- Cottage Grove
- Forest Grove
- Klamath Falls
Oregon Community Trees and Arbor Week
For the past four years, Oregon Community Trees has been supporting the tree-related efforts of Oregon’s Tree Cities USA, offering $500 competitive grants to support and enhance Arbor Week celebrations.