Albany, take a bough: 25 years as a Tree City USA!
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Albany has a special reason to celebrate Oregon Arbor Week and National Arbor Day this year: we’ve been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 25th consecutive year for the City of Albany’s commitment to maintaining a healthy urban forest.
Trees are assets to any community. They improve the visual appeal of neighborhoods and streets, increase property values, remove air pollutants, reduce stormwater runoff, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
The Tree City award comes in time for Oregon’s annual Arbor Week, April 7-13, and National Arbor Day, April 26. Come join Albany Parks & Recreation and celebrate the trees in our urban forest:
- Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. – noon, Timber-Linn Memorial Park: Help plant 25 native trees along Cox Creek riparian area in recognition of our 25 years as a Tree City. Once mature, these trees will provide canopy cover and shade for the creek, increase bank stability, and enhance wildlife habitat. Family-friendly.
- Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Come as your favorite living thing and parade proudly through downtown Albany in the 12th annual Procession of the Species. The parade starts and ends at Farmers’ Market in the City Hall parking lot. Visit the Parks & Recreation booth for information on the urban forestry program and tree care; kids’ activities; and free giveaways. Mayor Sharon Konopa will read an Arbor Day Proclamation.
- Wednesday, May 22, 10 - 11:30 a.m.: Join the Downtown Albany Tree Tour. Start at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Broadalbin Street SW by the canal. The tour covers about three blocks. Parks & Recreation staff will discuss how they manage Albany’s urban forestry program, street tree care, and tree maintenance issues.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Albany has achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting and maintaining the program’s four requirements: a tree commission, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.