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High School students will plant native oak trees at Champoeg State Park on Nov. 8

COURTESY PHOTO - Students from Newberg High School will join an open volunteer group to plant oak trees at Champoeg State Park on Nov. 8.Champoeg State Heritage Area is already known for its expansive, old grove of towering oak trees. Next week it's going to get a little bit bigger.

Students from Newberg High School will be digging into the soil at Champoeg plant native Oak trees and prairie plants in the park. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will provide 100 Oregon white oak trees for students and volunteers to plant that day.

Park rangers welcome volunteers to join the students at the event, meeting at the park's Oak Grove day use area any time between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Andrea Berkley, a natural resource specialist with OPRD, says the new oaks will play an essential role in the area's ecology.

"Oregon white oak provides habitat for over 200 wildlife species including insects, birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians," said Berkley. "Even a single oak is an important habitat for many species, especially when they are dispersed through various habitats."

Event participants will also be planting more than 4,500 native prairie plants, provided by nonprofit Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE.) The prairie seedlings are part of the OPRD and IAE partnership "Champoeg Prairie Restoration Project."

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Champoeg oak planting

When: Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: 7679 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul

Volunteers are welcome to take part in the oak grove planting. Meet at Champoeg Oak Grove day use area.

Champoeg State Heritage Area has a $5 day-use parking fee. More info about the park, including map and driving directions, is on: oregonstateparks.org

Learn more about the Institute of Applied Ecology at: https://appliedeco.org/


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