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Arbor Day Planting – In DECEMBER??

Holiday Arbor Day Tree Planting
Newport Recreation Center

Although Arbor Day is usually celebrated in early April, Newport figured that the 14th of December would work just as well. And a group of Newport Recreation Department after school program kids were all too happy to provide some of the labor.

Oregon’s coastal marine climate makes just about every day a good day to plant something along the coast. In this case, a young White Pine was drafted to become part of Newport’s application to become a Tree City USA community. The National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) sponsors communities to learn about, preserve and expand urban forests across the country.

Before the little White Pine was given a new home, Newport Tree Board Chair Nancy Steinberg carefully reviewed the way trees should be cared for, protected as well as their benefits to wildlife, water quality and scenic beauty. Comments were also made by Newport Mayor Mark McConnell about the values of trees and their many contributions to the Earth’s environment. When the mini-aborist lecture (along with questions and answers) was completed the kids began digging the hole to plant the newest addition to the city’s recreation center’s greenery.

One by one each child took a turn at the shovel making making a new home for the tree. When the hole was deep enough, the tree was placed in the middle while some of the dirt was filled back in and gently tamped down. Parks and Recreation Director Jim Protiva put the finishing touches on the transplanting operation.

Protiva said that the National Arbor Day Foundation encourages communities across the nation to become Tree City USAs by meeting four standards:

* The community must have a tree board or department.
* The community must have established on ordinance for tree care.
* There must be a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.
* The community must have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

By fulfilling these four requirements Newport is in a good position to join the ranks of cities and other communities across the country to be inducted into the Tree City USA family. One significant benefit to becoming a Tree City USA community is becoming eligible for NADF grants that improve city tree preservation programs.

Tree City USA designation for Newport entails new requirements on trees and where they’re placed


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Newport City Councilors took a step closer to making Newport a “Tree City USA” community Monday night. However, it’s not going to happen with a quick unanimous vote. Newport still has plenty of work to do to earn that esteemed monicker.

For one thing, the city must update its street tree plan which requires compiling a list of appropriate trees native to the area, as well as where they should be placed relative to streets, public rights of way, overhead power lines and other contingencies. Under the street tree plan, care should be given to ensure that tree roots do not attack sewer or water lines, or up-heave sidewalks causing the city major expenses.

One other aspect that caught the attention of councilor David Allen was a provision that residents owning trees (or hedges) that are too close to a street intersection, causing line-of-sight problems, could be held financially liable for car crashes and medical bills if visibility problems contributed to the accident. As it is, city code inspection personnel don’t go out looking for these kinds of problems. But when complaints are filed by drivers or anyone else, the knock on the door will soon follow with an order to do something about the obscuring vegetation. Either a removal of brush or the trimming of branches up to 8′ off the ground can be mandated, even under current law. Becoming a Tree City USA city simply reiterates that fact.

Councilor Allen convinced the council that the city should notify residents of this provision in the law through flyers or water bill notices, so they know that when they harbor sight obscuring vegetation within 35 feet of an intersection, they do so at their own financial peril.

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