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April 7 event seeks more participants to plant trees on the McLoughlin Promenade

Oregon City has received a $500 grant from the nonprofit Oregon Community Trees to help with its Arbor Week celebration Saturday, April 7.

PHOTO COURTESY: KRISTIN BROWN - Oregon City Parks Department staff work to prep the planting areas for the April 7 Arbor Day event on the McLoughlin Promenade.The event at the historic McLoughlin Promenade will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will help plant trees, shrubs and flowers in the park. Although about 20 volunteers already have signed up, the city is looking for more participants.

Two long-lived native trees will be planted along the McLoughlin Promenade. Oregon white oak trees, which cost approximately $200 each, and various native shrubs and flowers, such as camassias, will be planted.

Some of the grant funds will go to help the city promote and educate citizens about trees. People volunteering to plant will receive a T-shirt purchased using the grant funds. Educational materials promoting healthy urban forestry also will be available.

Numerous groups are partnering with the city for this event, including the McLoughlin Neighborhood Association, 4H, Boy Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1324, Friends of Trees and the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.

The April 7 event's featured speaker is ISA-certified arborist Brian French of Arboriculture International, who will speak about Oregon white oaks and other native plants.

Oregon City Parks Operations Manager Jonathan Waverly said the city was excited to receive the grant.

"Events like these help beautify our city and bring the community together," Waverly said. "We are so appreciative of volunteers' time and efforts and are grateful to have the help making our parks healthy for years to come."

Oregon Community Trees is dedicated to promoting healthy urban and community forests. The organization assists community groups, local governments and schools throughout the state with expertise and grants that support leadership, education, awareness and advocacy for urban and community forestry. One criteria for receiving an Arbor Week grant is being a Tree City USA, a status Oregon City has held for six years.

Oregon City has held tree-planting events for more than 10 years, and the locations change every year.

McLoughlin Promenade cleanups are held every second Saturday of the month. Friends of the Mountain View Cemetery also hosts frequent cleanups, including planned events on May 4 and Sept. 22. Call 503-657-8299 for more information.

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