The city of Albany’s Urban Forestry Program has several activities planned in connection with Arbor Week. They include:
• Oregon State University/Heritage Tree Tour: Participants are invited to gather at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Albany Senior Center to catch a bus to OSU. There, Landscape Manager Joe Majeski will lead a free walking tour of the trees and historic buildings of the campus. After a no-host lunch, the group returns to the Albany Senior Center, where a trolley will provide a driving tour of Albany’s Heritage trees. The tour will be guided by Dick Miles and David Smith of the Albany Tree Commission.
• Fourth Grade Forester Program: Fourth-graders from selected Albany elementary schools will learn about Arbor Day and Albany’s trees on Thursday, and receive a seedling to take home and plant.
• OSU Horticulture/
Ecology Tour: The OSU Horticulture Department will give a tour and presentation about its program and facility Friday to 40 horticulture students from West and South Albany high schools. The visit will include a tour and discussion about the Horticulture Department at OSU, a visit to the nearby urban horticultural research center (where among other things, research is conducted about the use of green roofs and bio-swales in urban settings), information about careers in horticulture, and a visit on campus to see and discuss the use of trees in urban landscaping. Students and faculty will also plant a dogwood tree as part of the OSU Arbor Week activities.
• Arbor Week City Council Meeting: At the April 13 meeting of the Albany City Council, Albany will be designated a Tree City USA for the 17th consecutive year in recognition of its stewardship of its urban forest. The shop and horticulture classes will present information on their visits to OSU.
For more information, contact Craig Carnagey, 541-704-2303 or Tari Hayes, 541-917-7778.