Monmouth and Independence Mark Milestones as Tree City USA Communities

Posted on February 10, 2022

Oregon Dept. of Forestry – 02/10/22 7:30 AM

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Monmouth and Independence are marking milestones in their long participation in the Tree City USA program of the national Arbor Day Foundation. Monmouth has been in the program 20 years, and Independence for 15 years. Some 69 Oregon towns and cities are qualified as a Tree City USA, including the return of Reedsport to the program.

Several other Oregon cities are also marking milestone anniversaries in the program:

Portland – 45 years

Sweet Home, Tillamook and Tualatin – 35 years

Eagle Point – 30 years

McMinnville – 25 years

Lebanon – 20 years

Gervais and Sisters – 15 years

Newport and Oregon City – 10 years

The Oregon Department of Forestry administers the Tree City USA program in Oregon on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation. ODF Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program Manager Kristin Ramstad is gratified to see the engagement in Oregon communities around urban trees.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continued to be very disruptive last year, forcing the cancellation of many in-person events.

Despite that, many Oregon cities and towns still accomplished a lot in terms of improving tree care even as they worked to recover from ice storms and a record-shattering heatwave. And cities became very creative in how they engage with the public while keeping social distance,” said Ramstad.

More information about the Tree City USA program is here.

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