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Cook Park tree planting slated for Saturday

Calling all men, women and children. The Tualatin River needs your help.

Tualatin Riverkeepers and Friends of Trees are looking for 100 volunteers willing to help plant 2,000 native trees and shrubs at Cook Park this Saturday, Feb. 7.

The planting goes from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, near the park’s boat ramp.

Volunteers will be planting a variety of local plants, including Pacific ninebark, mock orange, red currant, blue elderberry shrubs and Pacific dogwood trees.

It’s the first phase of a three-year project to restore 52,000 native plants in 60 acres of wetland, oak savanna and riparian forest, said Mike Skuja, executive director of the Riverkeepers.

“We see this as an opportunity to introduce nature and stewardship of Oregon’s resources to new faces for the first time,” Skuja said. “We think this will be a really fun, but also informative, event.”

The project is funded by a Nature in the Neighborhoods grant from Metro, the Portland area’s regional government, as well as Clean Water Services, Friends of Trees and the city of Tigard.

Judy Bluehorse Skelton, of Portland State University’s Indigenous Nations Studies Program, will give a brief talk on the traditional and contemporary uses of native plants for food, medicine, ceremony and healthy living.

The Riverkeepers are also planning another event in the area April 10

Cook Park is located at 17005 S.W. 92nd Ave., in Tigard.

To participate, RSVP to mike@riverkeepers.org.

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