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h a, ra - April 4, 2012 OuR COMt4UNITV City poised to receive 25th straight Tree (:ity designation By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The city of Sweet Home will receive receive its 25th Tree City USA award on Friday. In addition to the Tree City USA award, the city also has re- ceived growth awards in 1991, 1993, 1996 and 2003. Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in coop- eration with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The program pro- vides direction, technical assistant, public attention and national rec- ognition for urban and community forestry programs. The city has invited as many of the original Sweet Home Tree Committee members as it can find to attend the annual Arbor Day tree planting and presentation of the Tree City USA flag and plaque. said Carol Lewis, community de- velopment director. Howard Dew of Barringer and Associates, now Cascade Timber Consulting, led the organization of the committee and development of Sweet Home as Tree City USA in 1987, Lewis said. Other members of the original committee included Corky Lowen, Don Menear, Dave Monson, Tom Berglund. Doug Parker, Marion Nelson. Wesley Sis- co. Bill Porter. Garry Burkes, John Neely, Alex Paul. Larry Hyland, Bud Baumgartner, Erland Erickson and Scott Proctor. Dave Holley was Sweet Home's mayor at the time. That year. the committee plant- ed fourred oak trees. The trunks of those trees, two in frqnt 9f Qity Hall and two across the street from City Hall in the parking tot. are now 12 to 14 inches in diameter. In 1997. the commission start- ed its Celebration Tree program. Through that program, individuals can purchase a tree to honor other individuals. The program provides direction, technical assistance. public attention and national rec- ognition for urban and community forestry programs. Current Tree Commission as it is now known - members include Alice Smith. Bill Marshall. Katie Kohl. Lena Tucker. Lindsay Ander- son and David Olson. The commis- sion has one vacancy. Since 1987. the city and com- munity has spent some $738.000 on urban forestry, Lewis said. "It's in- teresting how much has been done without money and a budget." The city began budgeting $500 per year for the Tree Commission in 1997, Lewis said. The commis- sion recewes $2,500 now. Last year, the commission, community and city spent some $46,000 on urban forestry, Lewis said. Over the years, almost all of the funds have been through city staff time and volunteer donations and labor. The commission began its Ames Creek Restoration project, which included projects at Sankey Park. the Fire Hall and behind Cen- turyLink's office over four years, including the planting of 5.040 trees and riparian plants at Sankey Park. Minor phases of the project began in 1996. and the South San- tiam Watershed Council is doing some work in Ames Creek this year. The project has earned a number of statewide awards for partnerships and youth involvement. The annual spring Tree Fair Photo courtesy of the City of Sweet Home Bob Waibel and Mayor Craig Fentiman hold up the 2011 Tree City USA flag. ended in 2008, Lewis said, and val, and it will give away seedlings codes. there are no plans to revive the this week to 264 fourth-graders This year, the first tree pro- event right now. throughout School District 55. Sell- tection langulage will be included Over time, volunteers get tired. Lewis said. If the commission had an influx of energy, it could start again. The commission now sells tree at the October Harvest Festi- ing or giving away trees had been a feature of the Tree Fair. In 2010. the Tree Commission began drafting ordinance language for the protection of native trees to be incorporated into land use in revisions to the city's variance code. At 11 a.m. on Friday, the com- mission will plant a maple tree at 923 Main St.. the location of the old Gray Goose store and the former location of Sweet Home Liquor Store. The tree will replace a red oak that died, Lewis said. On March 27, during the coun- cil's regular meeting, Mayor Craig Fentiman read a proclamation de- claring April Sweet Home Arbor Month. Trees have been an important part of Sweet Home's history and future, Fentiman said. Trees pro- vide beautiful places to recreate. Trees improve critical habitat, and the city of Sweet Home embraces stewardship of the community for- est. "You're looking at the value theyprovide to quality of life,'" Lewis said. The commission also is plan- ning an ivy pull for Earth Day, April 21, part of the day's SOLVIT projects. Lewis said. A couple of groups of youths have signed up already. Anyone else interested in helping cancall Lewis at 367-8113 for more information. Registration can be completed at the city's web- site, ci.sweet-home.or.us or at the event. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Weddle Bridge. The project goes through noon at Sankey Park. Participants will pull ivy out of the park. We're A Discount Variety Store! Sale Good Through 4-10-12 PALL MALL Filter Ci caoon Good through 4-10-12 Limit 2 SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking by Pregnant Woman May Result in Fetal Injury. 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