Oregon Community Trees is helping Cottage Grove mark its 25th year as a Tree City USA with a reusable banner drawing attention to the city’s Arbor Week celebration, planned for Saturday, April 20.
Cottage Grove Tree Board Member Eric Mongan said the event will provide an opportunity for residents to help plant trees and set a commemorative plaque in Coiner Park. “Local nurseries, tree service providers and master gardeners will be on hand along with the Mayor to help explain proper planting techniques and maintenance tips,” said Mongan.
“The event will also help us kick off a citywide street tree inventory project,” Mongan added. “That inventory will lay the groundwork for a review of our approved street tree list and help the city prepare for invasive tree-killing diseases and pests, such as the emerald ash borer.”
Grants Committee Chair Morgan Holen said Oregon Community Trees promotes healthy urban and community forests. “We assist community groups, local governments and schools throughout the state with expertise and grants that support leadership, education, awareness and advocacy for urban and community forestry,” Holen said.
This year eight cities in Oregon are receiving a combined total of more than $3,600 in grants from Oregon Community Trees. One criteria for receiving an Arbor Week grant is being a Tree City USA, a status Corvallis has held for a quarter century.