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August 14, 2022
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Oregon Community Trees funds native trees to be planted in Rivergrove and watering bags and hoses

RIVERGROVE, Ore. – Rivergrove is one of five Tree City USA communities across Oregon receiving a grant this spring to boost tree-related activities in April, which is Oregon Arbor Month. 

The $350 grant to Rivergrove will cover the cost of three young alders and a vine maple, replacements for ones lost in the record-shattering heatwave of June 2021. The trees will be planted in April with help from students in the Green Team at nearby Rivergrove Elementary School.

The grant will also go towards purchasing watering bags and hoses that will make it easier for volunteers to keep the new trees well-watered during their first years of establishment. 

Other communities receiving grants include:

  • Bandon – creating a community mural highlighting trees in City Park.
  • Hillsboro – nature-themed prizes, materials and supplies supporting a variety of educational activities for children and adults, including a tree identification scavenger hunt.
  • Medford – a granite boulder plaque to be installed at a recently designated Heritage Tree in Mainwaring Park.
  • Pendleton – educational materials and a grand prize tree for a free raffle during their giveaway of seedlings of large trees

Since 2014 Oregon Community Trees has supported 38 different communities with these grants. Made up of arborists, urban planners, community activists, foresters and others interested in trees, the non-profit group’s mission is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy. 

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