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Help pull ivy at Mary S. Young Park

Residents are invited to help with the Great Ivy Challenge at Mary S. Young Park for Earth Day this Saturday.

Meet volunteer leaders at the covered shelter at 9 a.m. Starbucks coffee and light refreshments will be served. Bring water and dress for the weather with layered clothing, sturdy shoes and gloves.

Pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Lorie Griffith at 503-803-0678.

West Linn named Tree City USA

West Linn was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

West Linn achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like West Linn make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information on the program is available at arbordav.org/TrceCitvUSA.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

Fight back at Maddax Woods

Maddax Woods needs help to fight back against English ivy and other invasive, non-native plants.

You can volunteer to help save the trees, native plants and animals in the nature parks.

Every third Saturday of each month there are park restoration events. All individuals, families and groups are invited.

For more information, contact Steve Miesen at smiesen@hotmail.com or 503-722-9581.

Volunteer at the library

Many of the of items the West Linn Public Library checks in and shelves each day are handled by volunteers.

The library is looking for people age 14 and older who can make a regular commitment to shelve library materials, keep shelves organized and participate in occasional special projects.

For more information, call Shasta Barnes at the library at 503-656-7853, ext. 3020, or visit westlinnoregon.gov/library/volunteer-library.

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