Arbor Month in Parks & Recreation

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 8:00am

On behalf of the City of Lake Oswego, we extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who joined us in celebrating Arbor Month throughout April. Your participation, enthusiasm, and dedication to our urban forest and natural habitats are commendable.

We are proud to announce that for the 35th consecutive year, Lake Oswego has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This prestigious acknowledgment reflects our steadfast commitment to tree management and care. Achieving this status is no small feat, and it's a testament to our community's dedication to preserving our green spaces.

Furthermore, we are thrilled to have received the Tree City USA Growth Award for our innovative projects and enhanced tree care initiatives. From preemptive treatments to defend against Emerald ash borer infestation to hosting educational workshops, each endeavor underscores our unwavering commitment to the well-being of our urban forest. Check out the fun videos Ranger Ben and Parks staff created on trees in our beautiful parks.

In addition to Arbor Day festivities, we're excited to share our recent recognition as Bee City USA. This accolade highlights our efforts to sustain pollinator-friendly habitats and foster community engagement in pollinator conservation. Together, we're creating a thriving ecosystem that supports a diverse range of wildlife.

We would also like to express our gratitude to the organizations, volunteers, and participants who contributed to the success of the various events and activities held throughout Arbor Month. From tree plantings to nature walks, your involvement has made a significant impact on our community's environmental stewardship.

As we reflect on the achievements and camaraderie shared during Arbor Month, let's continue to nurture and protect our natural surroundings for generations to come. Whether it's participating in stewardship work parties or simply appreciating the beauty of a tree-lined street, each action brings us closer to a greener, more sustainable future.

Join us for the recognition of the coloring contest winners at the May 18th Farmers' Market and the unveiling of the Bee name.

Join us this month in exploring the "TREE OF THE WEEK." We will highlight remarkable local tree species that add beauty, diversity, and significance to our community. Join us on this journey of exploration and appreciation for the wonders of nature! Stay tuned for some snazzy social media reels with our very own Park Rangers and Staff walking us through the remarkable trees around our community.

Week 1: April 1 – April 6 

Ginkgo Tree, "Hiroshima Peace Tree," located at Foothills Park – 199 Foothills Road.

Ginkgo biloba

Named after the Japanese city, this resilient tree survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, symbolizing hope and endurance. With its fan-shaped leaves and golden autumn foliage, the Ginkgo biloba is a testament to the power of peace and resilience.

Week 2: April 7 – April 1

Star Magnolia, located at Millennium Plaza Park – 200 1st Street.

Magnolia stellata

Delicate and enchanting, the Star Magnolia graces gardens and parks with its star-shaped, fragrant flowers. As one of the earliest flowering trees of spring, it heralds the season's arrival with its captivating beauty, inviting us to pause and marvel at nature's wonders. It originated in the highlands of the island of Honshu, Japan. 

Week 3: April 14 – April 20  

Windmill Palm, located at Rossman Park – 555 Fourth Street

Trachycarpus fortunei

Transport yourself to tropical landscapes with the majestic Windmill Palm. With its distinctive fan-shaped fronds and graceful silhouette, this cold-hardy palm brings a touch of exotic elegance to gardens, parks, and urban landscapes alike.

Week 4: April 21 – April 27

Pacific Yew, located at Springbrook Park - 2899 Diane Drive

Taxus brevifolia

Native to the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Yew holds a special place in both ecological and cultural realms. Revered for its medicinal properties and vital role in forest ecosystems, this ancient conifer reminds us of the interconnectedness of all living things.

Week 5: April 28 – May 4

Copper Beech Tree, located at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn

Fagus sylvatica ‘purpurea’

Majestic and enduring, the Beech Tree symbolizes strength and longevity. Its smooth gray bark and shimmering canopy of leaves create a sense of tranquility and timelessness in forests and woodlands worldwide. This tree is over 100 years old. Its broad canopy provides welcome shelter for the beautiful garden below it and brings many smiles and photo opportunities to visitors to Luscher Farm.

Join us in celebrating these remarkable trees and discovering the profound beauty and importance they bring to our planet. 

Let's honor and protect our arboreal friends for generations to come! 


Learn More About Arbor Day Here!

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