Tree City celebration kicks off Arbor Week
Lake Oswego was officially honored as the 2018 Oregon Tree City of the Year on Monday.
City Councilors Jackie Manz and Skip O'Neill were on hand to accept the award from the nonprofit group Oregon Community Trees, along with City Manager Scott Lazenby and Morgan Holen, Lake Oswego's contract arborist, and a dozen other dignitaries and City staff.
The group gathered at Stafford Grove Park in the First Addition neighborhood. Holen introduced Samantha Wolf and Brian French from the nonprofit, which serves as a state forestry advisory board. She also recapped the history of Arbor Day and Lake Oswego's own Arbor Week celebration.
This year marks Lake Oswego's 29th year as a Tree City USA certification recipient. The Oregon Department of Forestry and OCT chose the city for the added honor of Tree City of the Year because of its citizen engagement, healthy urban forest and replanting efforts.
The ceremony featured a commemorative tree planting, and each of the dignitaries took turns scooping shovelfuls of dirt into the hole around a new Starlight Dogwood. Later that day, a group of second-graders from Forest Hills Elementary visited the site and added hand-colored rocks around the perimeter of the tree.
According to Holen, the Starlight Dogwood is a hybrid species created by crossing Pacific and Chinese Dogwood trees, and is notable for having high resistance to diseases and pests. When fully grown, it is expected to stand 30 feet tall with a 20-foot canopy.
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