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Oregon's Tree City communities honored for Arbor Week
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Tuesday April 5, 2016 - 6:52 AM
It's Arbor Week! Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon Legislature - is the first full week of April. 

This year, 57 Oregon cities are being recognized as Tree City USA communities. The newest city to be added is the city of Rivergrove, located in northwest Oregon. 

Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It recognizes cities that develop programs to plant and care for trees. 

"Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon, where we have some of the most productive forestland in the world and some of the most livable cities around," says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing fish and wildlife habitat, shade, wood products, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries. 

> Tree City U.S.A. - Congratulations to these cities 
The following cities have met the qualifications to be certified as "Tree Cities" this year: 

Albany, Ashland, Baker City, Bandon, Banks, Beaverton, Brownsville, Central Point, Coburg, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Dallas, Eagle Point, Echo, Eugene, Forest Grove, Gervais, Grants Pass, Gresham, Happy Valley, Independence, Klamath Falls, LaGrande, Lake Oswego, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Madras, McMinnville, Medford, Monmouth, Newport, Oregon City, Philomath, Portland, Redmonth, Rogue River, Salem, Sandy, Seaside, Sherwood, Sisters, Stanfield, Sunriver, Sweet Home, Talent, Tigard, Tillamook, Toledo, Troutdale, Tualatin, Veneta, West Linn, Wilsonville 

Several cities are celebrating "benchmark" years, including Banks and Brownsville (10 years), Corvallis and Tigard (15 years) Medford (20 years) and the City of Salem (40 years). 

About Tree City USA 
Tree City USA is a national program of the Arbor Day foundation, and there are more than 3,000 communities in the U.S. currently certified. 

The 4 standards of becoming a Tree City USA are: 
Tree Board or Department 
Tree Ordinance 
$2/capita expenditure 
Celebration of Arbor Day and Proclamation 

Tree campus USA 
"The newest recognition program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation is the Tree Campus USA program," says Kristin Ramstad, community assistance forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "What a wonderful way for college students to leave a true legacy on their campuses through planting new trees and engaging in projects, such as tree inventories that will contribute to the ongoing health of the campus forest," she adds. 

This year, two Oregon college campuses were added as Tree Campus USA for the first time: they are Portland Community College and Western Oregon University. They join the list which also includes Ashland's Southern Oregon University, Oregon State University in Corvallis and Portland State University. 

"Congratulations to all five of these colleges demonstrating outstanding dedication and care to the trees on their campuses," adds Ries. 

To be recognized as a Tree Campus U.S.A., college campuses must meet five standards. 

These include: 
1) Creating a Campus Tree Advisory Committee 
2) Having a Campus Tree Care Plan 
3) A Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures 
4) Hosting an annual Arbor Day Observance 
5) Have a Service Learning Project 

General tree care reminders 
Mulch your trees, as it helps prevent soil temperature and moisture fluctuations during summer months, softens rain penetration during winter, and discourages weeds. Add a depth of 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the base of the tree, leaving 3-4 inches around the base of your tree mulch-free. 

Fertilizing at the time of planting is not necessary, but the tree should be deeply watered after planting. Also, newly-planted trees should always receive regular watering for 3 years following planting. 

More information: 
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