Urban & Community Forestry 2020

Urban & Community Forestry 2020

Lake Oswego Arbor Week and Community Forestry Events- Have Been Indefinitely Canceled!

For 31 years, the City of Lake Oswego has earned Tree City USA (TCUSA) designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The TCUSA program recognizes cities for demonstrating a strong commitment to managing and caring for trees. Cities earn TCUSA status by meeting four standards: maintaining a tree board (the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board), having a tree ordinance, spending a minimum $2 per capita on urban forest management, and proclaiming and celebrating Arbor Day annually. There are currently 67 TCUSA cities across Oregon. Visit www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/ to learn more.

The City is celebrating this distinct honor with a variety of Arbor Week and community forestry events throughout the year. The Urban and Community Forestry Program promotes education, dialogue, and voluntary stewardship to protect the health and viability of the urban forest. Click on the links below for more information. Details are also included in the April Urban & Community Forestry Newsletter.

In continuing our effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have temporarily postponed Arbor Week activities and tentatively scheduled Urban & Community Forestry Workshops. Check the City’s online community calendar and visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning, for events to be announced as they are rescheduled. We look forward to celebrating trees with you later in the year!

Arbor Day Art Contest

Heritage Tree Program

Forestry at the Farmers’ Market

Urban & Community Forestry Workshops

Arbor Week Events - Canceled

Be a Forest Hero!

Protect your neighborhood trees from invasive ivy! This Arbor Week, the Oswego Lake Watershed Council (OLWC) is encouraging community members to make a difference by removing tree ivy in

their neighborhood. Being an “urban forest superhero” is hard work and we want to ensure that we recognize the efforts of our community stewards. Here’s what to do:

1. Find out how to remove tree ivy at www.oswegowatershed.org/arbor-weekcommunity-ivy-pull.

2. Please be sure you have permission from the property owner before you attack that ivy.

3. Take a photo of trees that you saved from ivy.

4. Send them our way by tagging @oswegolakewc on Facebook or Instagram by using #LOTreeHero. You can also email your pictures to Kat Maloney, Outreach Specialist with OLWC, at kat@oswegowatershed.org.

At the end of the week, we will post how many trees the community saved from ivy during Arbor Week!

OLWC is supporting the formation of Urban Forest committees within each Lake Oswego Neighborhood Association. If you are interested in learning more about joining or helping to organize an Urban Forest committee in your neighborhood, please email Kat Maloney.

Arbor Day Art Contest

No contest this year.

Heritage Tree Program- 2020 Heritage Tree Designations Canceled

The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board recently designated two new Heritage Trees, a 68-inch diameter redwood towering 117-feet in height with a 60-foot crown spread at 905 Laurel Street and a 53-inch diameter Douglas-fir soaring 125-feet in height with a 50-foot crown spread at 937 F Avenue. Dedication celebrations will be held at each tree later this year. To tour all 40 Heritage Trees that have been designated since 1998, view the Heritage Tree Guide and browse the online Story Map at www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/heritage-tree-program.

Forestry at the Farmers’ Market- Canceled

Saturday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street

Join us to celebrate forestry at the Farmers’ Market on opening day! Activities include Urban & Community Forestry booths and activities for children and adults. Spin the prize wheel, do a craft, watch a tree pruning demonstration, receive a free tree seedling, answer tree trivia, win raffle prizes and learn about stewardship opportunities in your neighborhood.

Workshop Series- has been canceled will resume in 2021

For the 14th consecutive year, the City is pleased to offer a series of free Urban and Community Forestry Workshops for the public. Please call 503-635-0290 or email planning@lakeoswego.city for free registration. Space is limited and preference is given to Lake Oswego residents. Dates are subject to change. This year’s lineup includes:

Tree Pruning Canceled

Has been indefinitely canceled!

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 led by ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Damon Schrosk of Treecology, Inc. Refreshments will be provided.

Native & Invasive Tree Identification Walking Tour Canceled

Saturday, August 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m., meet at Forest Hills Elementary School, 1133 Andrews Road

Identify and discuss common native and invasive tree species with ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Todd Prager of Teragan & Associates on a neighborhood walking tour. Todd will explain common terms, concepts, and techniques used in tree identification, and help you become familiar with how to identify a tree by looking at leaves, fruit, bark, twigs, and form. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring your own water.

Understanding the Tree Code: Removal & Protection Permits Canceled

Thursday, August 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Lake Oswego City Hall, Council Chambers (380 A Avenue)

Explore the City’s tree code requirements for tree protection and tree removal permits. This workshop includes an indoor presentation to explain the various types of tree removal permits and requirements for tree protection, with a focus on recent tree code amendments, and an outdoor demonstration with examples of measuring tree diameter, tree protection fencing, and techniques for protecting trees during construction.

Landscaping for Wildlife Canceled

Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Tryon State Natural Area (Meet in the Classroom)

Bird baths to mason bees – how to add habitat value to your yard using the wildlife stewardship options from the Backyard Habitat Certification program. Join Friends of Tryon Creek Education Director Gabe Sheoships and Backyard Habitat Certification Program Site Technician Cindy Ellison to learn about creating natural habitat in your own yard space. Consider the benefits of the Backyard Habitat

Certification Program, which is conducted in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland and the Columbia Land Trust, to support urban stewards and their efforts to create and enhance native habitats. This workshop will include an indoor presentation, discussion, and native plant hike.

Other Workshops to be Scheduled in 2021:

  • Pollinators: Gardening for Bees
  • Right Tree in the Right Place: Selection, Planting and Care
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