Here in Oregon, trees are everywhere, so you might wonder what being a Tree City USA town means amidst such naturally lush green leafy splendor.
Well, quite a lot, really.
City of Toledo Aquatics and Recreation Manager Joe Andrews showed his city council the 20 year plaque the city just received from the National Arbor Day Foundation, thanking the city for all their years of supporting living things that are not only beautiful, but are life-giving as well. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and give off oxygen – mother nature’s air purification system. They hold soils in place, reduce erosion, provide cool shade in summer, a bit of a respite in the rain as well as timber – at least around here. But the Arbor Day Foundation likes it when a city has an active tree replacement and expansion program, which all Tree City USA towns and cities have.
Toledo also has a tree protection program, backed up by city laws, a Tree Board that oversees such protections, spends at least two dollars per year per city resident on tree preservation programs and the city celebrates Arbor Day every year.
And with their 20 year plaque, Toldeo has been doing right by trees for quite a while. Certainly longer than any other Lincoln County city – Lincoln City 6 years, Newport 2 years.
Many other Oregon cities are also Tree City USA communities, some even for far longer than Toledo. Salem is king of the trees at 38 years, Portland 37, Eugene 35, Sun River 34 and Rogue River 31.