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Kitzhaber cancels Valentine's Day plans in Tigard

KitzhaberLooks like Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber won't be spending Valentine’s Day in Tigard, after all.

The city announced Wednesday that the governor had canceled a planned appearance in Tigard this weekend, where Tigard Mayor John L. Cook and about 60 local volunteers planned to plant 1,250 native trees and shrubs at a streamside park.

Volunteers will plant trees and shrubs at Jack Park, 12668 S.W. 127th Avenue, as part of Clean Water Service’s “Tree for All” challenge. The challenge calls for 1 million trees to be planted along Washington County streams in 2015 to help restore land along the Tualatin River and its tributaries.

The planting will take place rain or shine, and Tigard is looking for volunteers interested in joining in the fun.

The event is is open to the public and sponsored by Clean Water Services and Friends of Trees, with work set for 8:45 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 14.

Parking is available along Southwest 127th Avenue.

“Looking to meet great people? Give back to the environment? Make a difference in your community in a few short hours? Then join Friends of Trees and their partners to plant native trees and shrubs,” said Jenny Bedell-Stiles, volunteer and outreach manager at Friends of Trees.

No experience with tree planting is necessary. Breakfast snacks, hot chocolate and coffee will be provided, as well as gloves, tools and guidance.

Friends of Trees is planning similar tree plantings on Feb. 21 at Woodhaven Park, in Sherwood, and Feb. 28 at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.


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