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August 14, 2022
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Oregon Community Trees grant will help Hillsboro offer free tree-related activities for Oregon Arbor Month

HILLSBORO, Ore. – Celebrations of Oregon Arbor Month will be more educational and engaging this year in Hillsboro thanks to a $500 grant from the non-profit Oregon Community Trees organization. Hillsboro is one of five Tree City USA communities across Oregon receiving a grant this spring to boost tree-related activities in April. 

The Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department is using the grant to help with its educational and awareness activities for the general public and Hillsboro schoolchildren during Oregon Arbor Month.

Highlights include:

  • A tree-planting ceremony at a city park with the Mayor and Parks & Recreation Commissioners
  • A digital publication, along with an educational resource kit to share with local teachers
  • Various educational activities from Hillsboro Parks and Recreation and partners such as the U.S. Forest Service and Friends of Trees. Among these will be a tree scavenger hunt and a forest-bathing activity.

Alyssa McGhghy is with the City of Hillsboro helping organize the events. She said, “This OCT grant will help fund the various educational activities and crafts. Parks and Recreation Department will be able to provide for free outreach opportunities with community members and students to engage them in learning about the importance of trees to wildlife, humans, our environment and city.”

Other communities receiving grants include:

  • Bandon – creating a community mural celebrating trees in City Park.
  • Medford - a granite boulder plaque to be installed at a recently designated Heritage Tree in Mainwaring Park. 
  • Pendleton – a large tree for a free raffle and educational materials.
  • Rivergrove - four native species trees to be planted in a localcity park with students from Rivergrove Elementary School’s “Green Team” and watering supplies.

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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