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April is Arbor Month

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 Month. We invite you to celebrate the importance of trees in your life.



Oregon Community Trees and Arbor Month

Oregon Community Trees supports the tree-related efforts of Oregon’s Tree City USA communities by awarding grants to support and enhance Arbor Month celebrations. To date, OCT has awarded 46 grants to 34 different Tree City USA communities totaling nearly $20,000.

Oregon Community Trees offers no‐match grants annually for up to $500 to help Oregon Tree City USA communities to “boost” their Arbor Month celebrations. Grants were not offered in 2021, but OCT looks forward to offering Arbor Month grants next year. Applications for 2022 grant funding will be available to Oregon Tree City USA communities in mid-December. In the meantime, check out our list of fun ways to celebrate Oregon Arbor Month for ideas to engage your community while continuing to practice social-distancing.

Fun Ways to Celebrate Oregon Arbor Month


Curious about previous grant funded projects? Check out what Oregon Tree City USA communities have done in the past:

  • Ashland (TCUSA – 34 years): The City of Ashland is planned a tree planting educational demonstration in a City park to celebrate Arbor Month, with a focus on street tree selections, proper planting techniques and tree care and maintenance. OCT grant funding was used to purchase trees from Plant Oregon for the event.
  • Bend (TCUSA – 16 years): For Arbor Month, the City of Bend brought together members of the Orchard Heights Neighborhood and students from Juniper Elementary and Pilot Butte Middle School to plant a fruit tree in Hollinshead Park. Students learned about tree planting and played some tree trivia. Prizes were awarded for participation and each student took home a tree seedling after the event. OCT grant funding was be used to purchase the locally grown tree to plant in the park and for ISA educational brochures and prizes.
  • Coburg (TCUSA – 21 years): The City of Coburg celebrated Arbor Month by planting trees and shrubs with grade schoolers, local tree committee members, Public Works staff and the Mayor. OCT grant funding was used for t-shirts for the grade school participants as well as trees, shrubs and food for the event.
  • Corvallis (TCUSA – 18 years): The City of Corvallis expanded their Neighborhood Tree Stewards program, which involves training volunteers to assist Parks staff in tree planting, maintenance and monitoring. They planned to install 167 trees in City parks, open spaces, and rights of way, more than ever before. The season ended with an Arbor Month celebration. OCT grant funding was used to purchase Neighborhood Tree Steward tee shirts, work gloves, and safety vests, as well as food and beverages for the event and signs and tree tags for newly planted trees. The ask was for ½ of their total estimated costs.
  • Cottage Grove (TCUSA – 25 years): To celebrate its 25th year as a Tree City USA, the City of Cottage Grove invited residents to help plant trees in one of their newest parks. The event was also a kickoff a city‐wide street tree inventory project. Local nurseries, tree service providers and master gardeners were on‐hand to discuss planting and maintenance. OCT grant funding was used to purchase a reusable banner to hang over Main Street to promote Arbor Month celebrations for years to come.
  • Echo (TCUSA – 30 years): The City of Echo hosts an annual poster contest for students and a public Tree Fair to celebrate Arbor Day just after Oregon Arbor Month. The festivities included activity stations for elementary school children to learn about trees and the community’s tree programs. OCT grant funding was used to provide shirts or vests for volunteers so they are easily recognized at the event, as well as door prizes and poster contest prizes such as trees and books.
  • McMinnville (TCUSA – 22 years): McMinnville School District removed two hazardous trees near a playground, so the City celebrated Arbor Month by collaborating with high school students and community volunteers to plant two new trees. They also installed a permanent plaque to commemorate the 2019 Arbor Month planting event as a reminder to students and the community of the City’s commitment to caring for the urban forest. OCT grant funding was used to purchase and install the plaque.
  • Monmouth (TCUSA – 17 years): The City of Monmouth celebrates Arbor Month each year with events to increase public awareness of Monmouth’s Tree City USA status and encourage citizens to plant more trees and volunteer for local tree planting activities. OCT grant funding was used to purchase a reusable banner to hang over Main Street annually to promote Arbor Month and an A-frame sign to display at tree planting events.


Previous Grant Recipients:


    • Grants Pass
    • Happy Valley
    • Hood River
    • La Grande
    • Lake Oswego
    • Newport
    • Rouge River
    • Salem
    • Sweet Home
    • Talent
    • Toledo


    • Ashland
    • Bend
    • Coburg
    • Corvallis
    • Cottage Grove
    • Echo
    • McMinnville
    • Monmouth


      • Talent
      • Sweet Home
      • Seaside
      • Oregon City
      • Lincoln City
      • Hood River
      • Falls City


      • Central Point
      • Cottage Grove
      • La Grande
      • Rogue River
      • Sherwood

2016 –

      • Coburg
      • Independence
      • Philomath
      • Salem
      • Sweet Home

2015 –

      • Baker City
      • Eugene
      • Oregon City
      • Sunriver

 2014 –

      • Coburg
      • Cottage Grove
      • Forest Grove
      • Medford
      • Klamath Falls
      • Tualatin


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