Education, Outreach, and Advocacy Oregon Community Trees

Arbor Week

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.


Oregon Community Trees and Arbor Week

Oregon Community Trees supports the tree-related efforts of Oregon’s Tree Cities USA by awarding grants to support and enhance Arbor Week  Celebrations. To date, OCT has awarded 35 grants to 29 different Tree Cities totaling over $15,000.

Eight Oregon Communities Receive Arbor Week Grants in 2019

Oregon Community Trees offers no‐match grants annually for up to $500 to help Oregon Tree Cities to “boost” their Arbor Week celebrations. A $4,000 budget for 2019 grant funding was authorized by the Board at our December 2018 meeting, our largest budget ever for grants! The Committee unanimously voted to fund eight grant applications totaling $3,612.47.

Grant agreements have been signed and checks have been mailed. A summary of the eight funded applications is provided below:

  • Ashland (TCUSA – 34 years): The City of Ashland is planning a tree planting educational demonstration in a City park to celebrate Arbor Week, with a focus on street tree selections, proper planting techniques and tree care and maintenance. OCT grant funding will be used to purchase trees from Plant Oregon for the event.
  • Bend (TCUSA – 16 years): This Arbor Week, the City of Bend is bringing 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 will learn about tree planting and play some tree trivia. Prizes will be awarded for participation and each student will take home a tree seedling after the event. OCT grant funding will 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 will celebrate Arbor Week by planting trees and shrubs with grade schoolers, local tree committee members, Public Works staff and the Mayor. OCT grant funding will be used for t-shirts for the grade school participants as well as trees and shrubs and food for the event.
  • Corvallis (TCUSA – 18 years): The City of Corvallis is looking to expand their Neighborhood Tree Stewards program, which involves training volunteer to assist Parks staff in tree planting, maintenance and monitoring. They plan to install 167 trees in City parks, open spaces, and rights of way this season, more than ever before. The season will end with an Arbor Week celebration. OCT grant funding will be 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 is 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 will invite residents to help plant trees in one of their newest parks. The event will also kickoff a city‐wide street tree inventory project. Local nurseries, tree service providers and master gardeners will be on‐hand to discuss planting and maintenance. OCT grant funding will be used to purchase a reusable banner to hang over Main Street to promote Arbor Week 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 Week. The festivities include activity stations for elementary school children to learn about trees and the community’s tree programs. OCT grant funding will 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): Last year, the McMinnville School District removed two hazardous trees near a playground, so the City is celebrating Arbor Week by collaborating with high school students and community volunteers to plant two new trees this Arbor Week. They will also install a permanent plaque to commemorate the 2019 Arbor Week planting event as a reminder to students and the community of the City’s commitment to caring for the urban forest. OCT grant funding will be used to purchase and install the plaque.
  • Monmouth (TCUSA – 17 years): The City of Monmouth celebrates Arbor Week 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 will be used to purchase a reusable banner to hang over Main Street annually to promote Arbor Week and an A-frame sign to display at tree planting events.

Previous Grant Recipients:


      • 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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