Students to plant trees at school

Landscape architect says new trees are street, sidewalk, car and pedestrian friendly

Estacada Junior High School Environmental Club and Student Council students will help plant two dozen trees along Northeast Main Street and Northeast 6th Avenue on April 5 and 6.

The new trees will follow the east side of Main Street from the Clackamas River Elementary playground, north to the end of the block and will continue east along 6th Avenue, adjacent to the school auditorium.

Donating his time, local landscape architect Stephen Shibley has led the project and coordinated resources from the City of Estacada, the Estacada School District, the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban Forestry Program and a handful of local volunteers.

The EJHS's Student Council held a dance on March 22, which raised $1015.25 to be used toward fund the project.

During spring break, the City of Estacada will remove 10 deformed and diseased crabapples to make room for the new trees. These trees had caused a problem by lifting sidewalks and were later topped. Among the replacement varieties will be Tatarian maples, Thundercloud plums, and Sensation box elders.

These trees, says Shibley, 'have been grown by the nursery trade to be specifically well suited for restricted zones between street and sidewalk, and beneath overhead power lines. These vase-shaped trees are car and pedestrian friendly, drought tolerant, and disease and pest resistant.'

Environmental Club leader and EJHS staff member, Brooke Lenzi, is happy to see the kids becoming involved.

'It's exciting to see kids interested in things that will have an effect outside their school, and watch them develop values they will carry on through the rest of their lives.'

The whole community is invited to help plant. Close to $600 is still needed to cover remaining expenses. Donations can be made at Estacada Junior High School.

For more information contact Stephen Shibley at 503-789-5010.

The Benefit of Trees:

"Besides adding to the beauty of the school, the new trees will be environmentally beneficial. Statistics say that two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four. Also, in 50 years one tree recycles more than $37,000 worth of water, provides $31,000 worth of erosion control, $62,000 worth of air pollution control, and produces $37,000 worth of oxygen. These are only a few of many advantages to the tree planting. The Environmental Club is excited to get the ball rolling on their newest project which will make a lasting contribution to our school and community."

-Bailey Rathbun

EJHS Environmental Club President