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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Celebrating Arbor Day

Let's Celebrate!  
It's Arbor Day / Week / Month 

Last year I joined in the festivities by having a week full of tree-related posts.  It was fun.  (Look up April 2015 in menu bar for the series.)

This year I decided to to play Scrooge to this made-up holiday and show how far Lake Oswego's love affair, religious adoration, with trees has come. I will compare LO to neighboring cities to demonstrate how out-of-control the city has become with advancing special causes and spending your money.  All cities below have Tree City USA designations.  

USC NOTE:  I love trees too.  If people love to hug trees in a communal way, more power to them.  But like a lot of other activities in the city that are bloating our government, these should be sponsored by a citizen group, independent of the city.

Lake Oswego:
Proclamation by Mayor
Heritage Tree Bike Ride: Staff time
Hello LO City Newsletter: Full page, 2-sided, full color insert in Hello LO sent to all LO households, printing, staff time, professional graphic design services
Arbor Week Festival:  live music, kids'crafts, refreshments, prizes, staff time, materials
Heritage Tree Celebration:  Staff time, refreshments (Full-color Heritage Tree Maps?)
Barnyard Tales and Heritage Tree Walk:  Storyteller, staff
Make Your Own Paper:  teacher, staff time, library use, materials
Preschool Walk in Springbrook Park:  Staff time, educator (volunteer or paid?), craft materials
Tree and Native Planting Event:  Staff time, materials, refreshments
City Publications:  full-color glossy brochures - Heritage Tree Guide; Right Tree, Right Place; Invasive Plants; Professional graphic design services, staff time 
Poetry Contest:  Staff time, prize packs, library use, printed copies of poems,
Free the Trees:  Volunteer Labor, staff coordination
Workshops onTree Pruning; Native and Invasive Tree Identification: Staff Time, school use, refreshments

Events are planned all month long. Highlights include:
Mayor Proclamation
Library - Book Display and Reading List: Staff time 
Library - Toddler Time (Ages 24 to 36 months): Staff time
Library - Family Story Time (Ages 0 to 6 years):  Staff time
Arbor Month Update and Tree City USA Award

Mayor Proclamation
5th Grade Poster Contest:  Staff time
"Tualatin Trees" Photo Contest:  Staff time
Lecture on Redwood Ecology:  building use
Library -Tree-themed Crafts:  Building use, staff or volunteer time, materials
Tree-Planting Events:  Staff time, materials

Oregon City
Mayor Proclamation
Help plant trees at Hillendale Park:  Staff time, materials

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