- Updated on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 9:31 pm
The first full week of April in Albany, the City Tree Commission works together with Urban Forestry staff and local schools and organizations to commemorate Arbor Week.
It provides an opportunity for students to become aware of the benefits of the preservation and perpetuation of forests. Arbor Week demonstrates the importance of growing of timber. It is a time when we conduct activities and tours that encourage the planting, protection, and preservation of trees and shrubs and a greater understanding of the environment and means for preserving and improving it.
Join us this year, April 8-13th for Albany's Arbor Day festivities!
We'll start the week off at Periwinkle Elementary School with our Fourth Grade Forester program followed by a tree planting with students at Periwinkle Park. We'll then go to Albany's High Schools for our annual "sawing for schools" demonstrations. Local wood is donated to the schools and Logs to Lumber, Inc. provides a portable mill to teach students how wood is made. The lumber produced goes directly to the schools' wood shop programs. We will also take a tour with an OSU tree expert around OSU's campus to find their most beloved heritage trees.
On Saturday April 13th, we'll celebrate Arbor Day with a community-wide event at Timber Linn Park from 11am to 1pm. Come learn how to properly plant, prune, and identify trees and then, take a free tree home with you! Without healthy trees in our community, our local creeks and rivers would be more polluted, invasive species would take over, and our furry and feathered friends would diminish. Come learn about water quality in the Willamette River, Oregon's native plants, restoration at Cox Creek, and bat habitat at Simpson Park. Kids can explore the park with a different set of eyes by making their very own binoculars. They can also participate in environmental education activities with Albany's Eco Ranger program. The day will end with a trolley ride around Albany to identify the city's most significant heritage trees.
|Tues. April 9
|3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Forester Program: Presentation and and Tree Planting||Periwinkle Elementary
2196 21st Ave SE, Albany, OR 97322
|Wed. April 10
|OSU Tree Tour, Tour the grounds, Bag lunch at MU||Depart Albany from Senior Center @ 10am,
OSU Campus Tree Tour Starts @ 10:30am,
Arrive in Albany 1:30pm
|Wed. April 10
|City Council Meeting & Arbor Day Proclamation, Announcement of Tree City USA||City Hall
333 Broadalbin St SW, Albany, OR 97321
|Wed. April 10
|Sawing for Schools: Logs milled to lumber for woodshop students||West Albany High School
1130 SW Queen Ave, Albany, OR 97321
|Thurs. April 11
|Sawing for Schools Program: Logs milled to lumber for woodshop students||South Albany High School
3705 Columbus St SE, Albany, OR 97322
|Sat. April 13
|Arbor Day Celebration Community Event||Timber Linn Park
900 Price Road SE, Albany, OR 97322
Arbor Day and Oregon Arbor Week
In Oregon we like to be different, so we set aside an entire week to honor trees. The Oregon State Legislature has decreed that the first full week of April shall be designated as Arbor Week. The Oregon Revised Statutes read:
Section 336.015 Arbor Week.
1. The first full week in April shall be known as Arbor Week. In order that pupils in the public schools shall be made better aware of the benefits of the preservation and perpetuation of forests and the growing of timber and of the environment, the district school board shall cause to be conducted, during school hours, activities which tend to encourage the planting, protection and preservation of trees and shrubs and a greater understanding of the environment and means for preserving and improving it.
Additional information on Arbor Day can be found elsewhere on this Arbor Day Foundation website including a more extensive history of Arbor Day, a complete list of all state Arbor Day celebrations, a list of state trees (Oregon's is the Douglas-fir) and a variety of other notable tree facts, figures, and advice.
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