Celebrate Arbor Week in West Linn
To acknowledge Abor Day this spring the City of West Linn is kicking off a week of arbor-related celebrations April 6, with a pollinator project at Mary S. Young.
The Blue Heron Chapter of the National Charity League will host a free workshop from 9 a.m. to noon for kids to learn to make their own newspaper pots and start lavender plants from seed. Lavender shortbread cookies and lavender lemonade will be offered as refreshments.
A tree planting will be completed at the park, from 10 a.m. to noon April 13, in the Beaver habitat pond area. Meet near the restroom/concession area for this activity and be sure and wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Tools will be provided.
In addition, the City is providing free native trees to local residents on a first-come, first-served basis from City Hall's Park and Recreation counter. Show up from 7:30 am.-5:30 p.m. for your tree or shrub; come early in the week for best selection. 2019 is the 26th year that West Linn has been recognized as a Tree City USA.
West Linn Heritage Trees
Cedar of Lebanon: West Linn High School
Oregon White Oaks: 2591 Dillow Drive & 2053 Walden Street
Big Leaf maple: 1775 19th Street
Tri-colored beech: 5530 River St.
California Bay Laurel: 1831 Fifth Ave.
Black Walnut: Right-of-way off Volpp Street
London plane tree: 1819 Sixth Avenue
Weeping Willow: 1420 Dollar St.
For the first time, however, the City achieved Bee City USA status this year by working to provide habitat and avoiding pesticides use.
"Pollinators and bees are such a vital part of our ecosystem health," said West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod in a statement.
"Being a Bee City USA affiliate will help raise awareness of the value of maintaining and creating pollinator habitat and reducing the use of harmful pesticides. I'm so proud to have West Linn recognized as a Bee City and want to thank our Parks staff and many key residents that encouraged and supported the designation."
Within West Linn designated pollinator gardens can be found at Mary S. Young Park, Marylhurst Park and Cedaroak and Trillium primary schools.
Have a tree you think is special?
You can nominate a West Linn tree for heritage designation through the Parks Department.
The tree is judged on criteria that make the it special, such as species (West Linn already has two white oak heritage trees), size, condition and historical significance (the cedar of Lebanon tree in front of West Linn High School was planted on 1933 by the then-student body president).
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