The nonprofit Oregon Community Trees has awarded a grant to Newport, Toledo and 10 other cities across Oregon to help them hold tree-related events this spring.
Activities in Newport will take place the last week in April. Newport Parks and Recreation staff will staff a booth along with local tree experts and give away tree seedlings along with educational publications from the Arbor Day Foundation. Besides paying for the trees and publications, the Oregon Community Trees grant will also help purchase new tree-related books for the Newport Public Library, which will be on display during the week.
Activities for children will include coloring leaves of various trees and learning about trees’ overall importance to their lives.
“The Oregon Community Trees grant enables us to give young trees away for free,” said Newport Parks and Recreation Director Mike Cavanaugh. “We appreciate OCT’s support to help us engage the local public in the work we’re doing to strengthen our urban forest.”
Toledo Public Library will hold tree-themed activities for children, including a theatrical reading of “The Lorax” by local performers. The library will also benefit from new, tree-related books.
Last year, the City of Toledo celebrated being named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 25th year in a row.
Other recipients of this year’s grants include Grants Pass, Happy Valley, Hood River, La Grande, Lake Oswego, Rogue River, Salem, Sweet Home and Talent. All have earned and held the Tree City USA title for at least eight years, reflecting their commitment to protecting and promoting urban trees to benefit their residents.
Grants Committee Chair Morgan Holen of Oregon Community Trees said the nonprofit organization promotes healthy urban and community forests.
“Our grants help local governments throughout the state amplify the public outreach they are doing in their communities during Arbor Week,” Holen said. “The plantings and other events we support are an opportunity to educate participants on appropriate street tree selections for the local climate, proper planting techniques, and post-planting tree care and maintenance.”
Holen said the organization gave a combined total of more than $4,300 in grants this year, the largest amount in its history.