On April 2nd from 9am – 3pm, the City of Cottage Grove will partner with Serendipity Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation to distribute 900 trees at Coiner Park 1313 E. Main Street to City of Cottage Grove residents. Celebrate Arbor Day’s 150th birthday by visiting our family friendly booths to learn about planting, caring for trees and our environment from local volunteers from 10am -1pm.
The City of Cottage Grove Urban Forestry Committee is proud to be designated a Tree City USA for 28 years, five Growth awards, and was selected as the 2022 State of Oregon Tree City. The City of Cottage Grove is working with the Arbor Day Foundation, the world’s largest membership nonprofit dedicated to planting trees.
“One of the things the Arbor Day Foundation does best is to help local planting partners take meaningful action in their community to plant trees,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We plant trees to improve the lives of people around us. We’re happy to help City of Cottage Grove foster a sense of community pride by planting trees.”
“Tree giveaways are a great opportunity to learn about trees,” says Erik Burke the Eugene-Springfield Director of Friends of Trees. “When we plant trees properly, place them in appropriate locations, and take good care of them, trees cost little and give much. Trees make our lives better, clean our air and water, help us calm down and see beauty.”
Trees offer vast benefits for the community at large. Thriving urban forests bolster human health, from encouraging physical activity to reducing respiratory illnesses stemming from air pollution. Urban trees filter the air by removing pollution which improves a city’s overall air quality. They also reduce runoff of sediment, pollutants, and organic matter into streams, improving our water quality. Trees have also been shown to reduce crime, lower stress levels, and develop community pride.
We thank the Serendipity Foundation. They provide funding for organizations worldwide effecting positive change. “We disperse funds in to four sectors: earth, animals, peoples and cultures.”
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About City of Cottage Grove Urban Forestry Committee
The Urban Forestry Citizens Advisory Committee was created on December 12, 1994 by the City Council. The charge given to the original committee was to assist in developing an urban forestry plan for the City of Cottage Grove; make recommendations to the City Council regarding urban forestry; and seek grants to improve the quality of our urban forest. Since the Urban Forestry Committee began its work, Cottage Grove has been named Tree City, USA for over 26 years and holds an annual Arbor Day observance.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, almost 500 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival.
As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.