To observe Oregon Arbor Month, National Arbor Day, and to celebrate Albany’s Tree City USA and Growth award, Albany Parks and Recreation is inviting the community to participate in the following activities that can be done virtually or while practicing social distancing. Help celebrate trees in our urban forest this April!
Albany Celebrates 27 Years as a Tree City USA and its 4th Growth Award
Albany has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 27th consecutive year for the City’s commitment to managing and maintaining a healthy urban forest. The Tree City award comes in time for the month of April, which has proclaimed by the Governor as Oregon Arbor Month, and National Arbor Day, April 30th. Albany has also achieved its 4th Growth Award by demonstrating higher levels of tree care and community engagement this last year. The award recognizes the achievement of major milestones and annual activities that build a sustainable community forestry over the long term.
The Tree City USA program and Growth Award 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.
Submit an entry to win a tree in Albany’s Tree Photo Contest
Take a photo of your favorite Albany tree. Add it as a reply to the April 1 Photo Contest post on the Albany Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
The two photos with the most "likes" at the end of the contest (near the end of April) will win a tree to plant in their yard in Albany or to be planted on their behalf in an Albany park of their choosing. Winners will be announced on National Arbor Day, Friday, April 30.*
Nominate a Heritage Tree
The Albany Heritage Tree Program was established in 1999 to recognize, foster appreciation of, and protect trees having historic significance to our community. We are looking for new nominations of trees of unique size, structure, or species and/or are significant based on their importance in local, state, or national history. Nominations will be brought to the City Tree Commission for consideration.
Take a walk-through Rotary Street Tree Arboretum at Timber Linn Park
The Rotary Club funded the planting of 14 trees from the Albany’s Approved Street Tree List in 2018 and 2019 to create this arboretum, fit with tree markers and an interpretive sign about selecting the right tree for the right place. Located near the entrance of the Dog Park.
Arbor Day Proclamation
Watch the Mayor, Alex Johnson II, read the Arbor Day Proclamation at the virtual City Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:15 p.m.
Learn the benefits of trees
Learn about what benefits a tree can provide in your yard or neighborhood including the amount of carbon sequestrating, stormwater interception, air pollution removed, and energy savings to your house by providing shade each year.
Trees are vital assets to our community when property planted and maintained. They help to improve the livability of our community, increasing property values, cool our homes and streets, removing air pollutants, intercept stormwater runoff, and providing wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.