Following last year’s success of an Arbor Day drive through tree giveaways, the Newport Recreation Center and Newport Library are expanding. This year’s event will be held in person from noon to 9 p.m. on April 30 at the Recreation Center and will incorporate partner organizations, children’s activities and, of course, free trees.
“We have such a large conservation community on the Central Coast,” said Jenni Remillard, recreation program specialist. “We wanted to reach out to other organizations that work for education and planting.”
Partner organizations include the MidCoast Watershed Council, OSU Extension, the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Oregon Department of Forestry. There will also be a City of Newport representative available for questions about trees in the city and tree manuals will be available. The library will offer seeds and lots of fun activities for all ages and abilities.
“We are very excited to be hosting another Arbor Day celebration for the Newport community,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mike Cavanaugh. “We want to continue to share all the amazing things about trees with the public, encourage the public to plant trees, and connect them with different organizations and resources affiliated with the proper preservation and management of trees.”
The event will also highlight Newport’s inaugural Tree City USA Growth Award. The city received the Growth Award for planting more trees than were removed, creating a Tree Board and other tree-related projects. Newport became Tree City USA in 2011.
Started in 1976, Tree City USA is one of the oldest programs of the Arbor Day Foundation. Nationally, there are 3,676 recognized cities, including nearly 70 in Oregon.
The event will take place from noon to 9 p.m. on April 30 at the Newport Recreation Center. Free Western Red Cedar and Shore Pine seedlings will be available while supplies last.