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Gresham schedules Arbor Day events


The city of Gresham, a Tree City USA community, is holding Arbor Day events on two Saturdays, April 7 and 21.

April 7: The city will play host to an Arbor Day tree planting at 10 a.m. at the Arboretum at Gradin Community Sports Park, 2302 S.E. Palmquist Road, where an Afterburner Black Tupelo will be planted.

The tree will be the arboretum's 154th and will be in honor of David Odom, a former forester with the city who died early this year.

When it's completed, the arboretum will have more than 400 trees of nearly 300 different varieties.

The Afterburner Black Tupelo was developed by J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co. in Boring.

April 7: The East County Wind Walkers Volkswalking Club and Gresham Urban Forest Subcommittee will host two 'significant tree walks,' 5K and 10K, taking participants through neighborhoods, downtown and along the Springwater Trail to see 18 trees designated as significant by the city because of their historical relevance or uniqueness in shape, species, location, age or functionality.

The walks are free and depart from City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. A guided 5K walk leaves at 11 a.m., and self-guided 5K and 10K walks leave between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call Regina Blake at 503-665-2050.

April 21: An Invasive Species Information Fair, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Council Chambers at City Hall, will provide information and tips for identifying and removing invasive plant species and replacing them with native plants in order to maintain the health of Gresham's urban forest and prevent weak trees, erosion, poor water quality and low biodiversity. Experts from Metro, Johnson Creek Watershed Council and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District will attend.