Planting for the future

City officials, residents place trees in park


May 4, 2022

Scott Swanson

Local residents plant trees during Sweet Home's Arbor Day celebration Saturday afternoon, April 23, at Evergreen Park, at the junction of Evergreen Lane and Nandina Street. The flame maple trees were planted to replace a stand of tall Douglas firs that, city officials said, had to be taken down because they were endangering surrounding structures.

More than two dozen residents, many of them neighbors, turned out Saturday afternoon, April 23, for an Arbor Day tree planting at Evergreen Park, located at the junction of Evergreen Lane and Nandina Street.

City Tree and Park Commission Chair Wally Shreves told participants that Sweet Home has been recognized as a Tree City USA for the 35th consecutive year.

"That's significant because the awards have only been given out for 46 years," he said, noting that trees have been a major Sweet Home focus "for many years."

To be named a Tree City USA, a city must have a tree board or department,...

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