Oregon Community Trees awards grant to Ashland to buy trees for park plantings during Arbor Week
Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) is planning an educational tree planting demonstration at Oak Knoll Golf Course to celebrate Arbor Week, on Friday, April 5, 2019 from Noon to 2 p.m. The effort received a boost this week with a generous grant from the non-profit Oregon Community Trees and an in-kind donation from Plant Oregon nursery in Talent, OR to supply the trees for the event.
Mike Oxendine, APRC Parks Superintendent, said three city groups are collaborating to hold the demonstration planting – Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, the City of Ashland Tree Commission and the City of Ashland Planning Department.
“The park planting will educate participants on appropriate tree selections for Ashland’s climate, proper planting techniques, and post-planting tree care and maintenance,” said Oxendine.
About 65 people are expected to participate in the planting including local K-12 school kids, local golfers and City of Ashland officials. Following the namesake “Oak Knoll” the volunteers will be planting many different varieties of oak trees.
Oregon Community Trees promotes healthy urban and community forests. The organization assists community groups, local governments and schools throughout the state with expertise and grants that support leadership, education, awareness and advocacy for urban and community forestry. One criteria for receiving an Arbor Week grant is being a Tree City USA, a status Ashland has held for 34 years.
The Oak Knoll Golf Course, a division of APRC, is located at 3070 Hwy 66 in Ashland, OakKnollGolf.org
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