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April 2014 Arbor WeekApril 2014Urban & CommUnityForestry Continued on page 2 tree City Usa: Celebrating 25 years It’s unbeLEAFable! Lake Oswego is celebrating its 25th year as a Tree City USA (TCUSA). TCUSA is a certification provided by the National Arbor Day Foundation to recognize cities for demonstrating a strong commitment to managing and caring for trees. Over the last 25 years, Lake Oswego has met the four TCUSA standards by maintaining a tree board, a tree ordinance, a minimum $2 per capita expenditure for tree planting and maintenance, and an annual celebration and proclamation of Arbor Day. There are currently 56 TCUSA communities throughout Oregon. Visit www.arborday.org/programs/ treecityusa/ to learn more. In honor of this benchmark anniversary, Lake Oswego will be celebrating trees with programs and activities throughout 2014. Find fun ways to participate inside. arbor WeeK: april 6-12 Arbor Day is America’s National Tree Holiday, observed on the last Friday of April to celebrate the role of trees in our lives and to promote tree planting and care. In Oregon we celebrate an entire Arbor Week, which is the first full week of April. Learn more at www.arborday.org/arborday/oregon/. On April 1, the Lake Oswego City Council will proclaim April 6-12, 2014, as Arbor Week in Lake Oswego. Read the City’s Arbor Week Proclamation at www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/. Check out a tree-themed book during Arbor Week! The Lake Oswego Public Library, located at 706 Fourth Street, will have tree-themed books on display all week. Open daily: 1-6pm Sunday, 10am-9pm Monday-Thursday, and 10am-6pm Friday- Saturday. For more information on Arbor Week or Urban and Community Forestry events, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/ or contact Shannan Stoll at sstoll@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-675-3737. “…other holidays repose upon the past, Arbor Day proposes for the future.” ~ J. Sterling Morton, Founder of Arbor Day Ways to Celebrate DUring arbor WeeK Arbor Week Festival and Tree Planting Sunday, April 6, 12–3pm at Millennium Plaza Park, First Street and Evergreen Road Kick-off Arbor Week with your family, friends, and neighbors and enjoy live music, free refreshments, kids’ activities, and loads of prizes! After a special 25 year Tree City USA presentation at 1pm, join Damon Schrosk of Treecology at 1:30pm for an informative tree planting and care workshop. You can also learn about opportunities to enhance the urban forest in your neighborhood, and certified arborists will be on hand to answer your questions. Free a Tree with Friends of Iron Mountain Tuesday, April 8, 10–11am, meet at Uplands Elementary front parking lot, 2055 Wembley Park Road Learn techniques to free trees from ivy! Join Friends of Iron Mountain Chair Mike Buck for an ivy removal demonstration in Springbrook Park. Those who attend will be entered in a drawing to receive a complimentary ivy removal on their private or commercial property. Bring gloves and pruners. Barnyard Tales & Heritage Tree Walk Wednesday, April 9, 10–11am at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road This special Arbor Week story hour will be followed by a tour of Heritage Trees at Luscher Farm. Designed for children ages 3 through 8; adults must accompany children. Heritage Tree Dedication Thursday, April 10, 5–6pm at 38 Da Vinci Street Visit the Mountain Park Neighborhood after work and celebrate Arbor Week beneath the crown of one of the community’s newest Heritage Trees, a native Oregon white oak estimated to be over 100 years old. Learn more about the City’s Heritage Tree Program during a brief ceremony. Refreshments will be provided. Trees for You and Me, A Puppet Show Saturday, April 12, 11am at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street Penny’s Puppet Productions presents a fun, musical puppet show that celebrates the wonders of trees. This delightful sing- along show is entertaining and educational! Performance made possible by the Friends of the Library. Ways to Celebrate Continued from page 1 throUghoUt 2014 June 8 - Heritage Tree Bike Ride Depart at 11am from Lower Millennium Plaza Park Go on a bicycle tour of Lake Oswego’s Heritage Trees! We’ll take a hilly ride through Lake Oswego’s neighborhoods to visit some of the city’s grandest trees. Rest breaks with refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, contact Shannan Stoll at sstoll@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-675-3737. July 19 - Benefits of Trees Walk Depart at 1pm from the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market in Millennium Plaza Park Discover the benefits of trees during this 1.5-hour walking tour through the Evergreen and First Addition Neighborhoods. During the leisurely stroll, we will stop at various trees and quantify the economic, social, and environmental benefits they provide to our community! September 20 - Iron Mountain Nature Walk 9-10am, meet at the Brookside Road entrance to Iron Mountain Park Take a walk through Iron Mountain Park to learn about the natural history and on-going restoration efforts by an active park stewardship group. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. beCome a VolUnteer Glenmorrie Neighborhood Annual Ivy Pull Sunday, April 27, 1-3pm Work together with friends and neighbors to clear invasive ivy from the Glenmorrie neighborhood, and then gather to relax and enjoy refreshments. For more information, including the meeting location, contact Judy Dauble at judy.dauble@gmail.com or 503- 636-1347. Visit some exceptional trees in the neighborhood while you’re there! Pick up a copy of The Trees of Glenmorrie: A History and Tree Walk Guide at City Hall (380 A Avenue) or on-line at glenmorrie.wordpress.com. Friends of Iron Mountain Ivy Pull Sunday, April 27, 1-3pm Join Friends of Iron Mountain at Iron Mountain Park to help clear invasive ivy from the forest floor. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather and bring work gloves. Contact Mike Buck at mbucks@comcast.net for additional details, including the meeting location. Read about this group’s 1000 Tree Project on page 4. Friends of Springbrook Park Ivy Pull Saturday, May 17, 9am-12pm Join Friends of Springbrook Park to help free trees that are covered with ivy. Meet at the Uplands Elementary School parking lot. Bring gloves and pruners and dress for the weather. enter a Contest – KiDs anD teens arbor Day poster Contest For teens Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to design a poster celebrating Lake Oswego’s 25th year as a Tree City USA. Posters may depict any aspect of Lake Oswego’s urban forest and should explore what it means to be a Tree City USA. All artistic media (digital, photo, print, etc.) are welcome, so be creative! Posters must be 11x17” in size and include the following text : • Lake Oswego • 2014 • 25 Years of Tree City USA • Poster by: (provide your name, school, and grade). Include your name and phone number legibly on the reverse side of your poster. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 and must be submitted to the Lake Oswego Parks & Rec Department at the West End Building. One grand prize entry will be printed and distributed around the city to publicize our 25th Tree City USA anniversary. Contact Shannan Stoll at 503-675-3737 or sstoll@ci.oswego.or.us for more information. arbor Day art Contest For KiDs Frog Pond Toys is excited to sponsor the city-wide Arbor Day Art Contest for kids in Pre-K through 5th grade. Use the official entry form to draw, color, paint, or otherwise create a work of art to celebrate the City’s 25th year as a Tree City USA. Entry forms are at Frog Pond Toys (310 North State Street), City Hall (380 A Avenue), the West End Building (4101 Kruse Way), and online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning. Submit your entry at Frog Pond Toys on or before Thursday, April 24. Entries for both contests will be on display throughout April. Winners will be chosen on National Arbor Day, April 25, and prizes will be awarded by the City Council on May 6. attenD a WorKshop For the eighth consecutive year, the City is pleased to offer a series of free Urban and Community Forestry Workshops for the public. Workshops will be held at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. Please call 503-635-0290 for free registration. Tree Pruning Saturday, April 26, 9am-12pm Understand why, what, and how to prune to develop healthy, strong, and attractive trees and shrubs. Explore pruning types, proper cutting tools and techniques, and tree responses to pruning. Bring pruning tools, if you have them, and wear appropriate clothing for working outside in this hands-on workshop. Refreshments will be provided. Tree Protection & Tree Removal Thursday, August 28, 6-7:30pm Explore the City’s tree code requirements for tree protection and tree removal permits. This workshop includes an indoor presentation and outdoor demonstration with examples of measuring tree diameter, tree protection fencing, techniques for protecting trees during construction, and more. Right Tree In the Right Place Thursday, October 16, 6-7:30pm This workshop will help participants understand the why, what, where, and how of planting the right tree species in the right place. Includes an indoor presentation and an outdoor tree planting demonstration. Invasive Plant Management Thursday, November 6, 6-7:30pm Learn about the negative impacts of invasive plants and how to identify and properly remove them. For tailored advice, feel free to bring samples of plants that you are concerned about. Information: 503-635-0290 www.ci.oswego.or.us 1000 tree projeCt The 1000 Tree Project began on June 9, 2013, when Friends of Iron Mountain Chair Mike Buck set a goal for the neighborhood group to free 1000 trees of invasive ivy within one year. Ivy is an aggressive species that negatively impacts forest health. Vines grow up tree trunks, competing with trees for water and nutrients, depriving tree bark of normal contact with air and microorganisms, and increasing susceptibility to wind damage. Since last June, dedicated volunteers braved steep terrain, poison oak, and winter weather to reach their goal of removing ivy from 1000 trees. They surpassed that ambitious target in January, just seven months into the project! The group’s success came over the course of many work parties, most with just two or three volunteers freeing ivy from 50 to 80 trees. Their work is most noticeable along Iron Mountain Boulevard, where you can see the ivy on upper tree trunks is already starting to die back. On April 27, Friends of Iron Mountain will return to clear ivy from the forest floor and keep it from creeping back up freed trees. If you would like more information or to help, please contact Mike Buck at m.bucks@comcast.net. heritage trees Do you have a favorite tree of landmark importance because of its age, size, species, horticultural quality, or historic significance? The Lake Oswego City Council established the Heritage Tree Program in 1997 to increase awareness about the role of trees in the City’s history. The Heritage Tree Program helps to recognize significant trees, educate the public about the value and history of trees, and preserve and protect these trees as part of the city’s heritage. Anyone can nominate a tree on either public or private property for Heritage Tree status with permission of the property owner. Complete the Heritage Tree Nomination Form available at City Hall (380 A Avenue) or online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/. Friends of Iron Mountain Chair Mike Buck with Arborist Morgan Holen For a complete list of programs and activities for 2014, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/ Coastal Redwood Heritage Tree