Ashland builds on its Tree City USA status

The parks and recreation commission planted new trees at Oak Knoll Golf Course on Friday.

Posted: Apr 6, 2019 12:00 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2019 12:07 PM

ASHLAND, Or-- Ashland built on its Tree City USA status. The parks and recreation commission planted new trees at Oak Knoll Golf Course on Friday.

Students, local golfers, and City of Ashland officials came out and helped plant the trees. The planting was also used as an education opportunity to teach people about Ashland's climate and proper planting techniques.

Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist with the Oregon Department of Forestry, says "I understand that Ashland Parks is planting nineteen trees today and what's very exciting is the planting represents a lot of best practices that we at the state like to see in our red forests. They're planting a mix of evergreens as well as deciduous trees, so trees that lose their leaves, trees that hold onto their needles. That's great for the health of the urban forests, that's great to have that kind of diversity."

The parks and rec commission got a grant from Oregon Community Trees to help purchase the trees for the planting. Plant Oregon Nursery in Talent also donated some supplies.

Ashland has held a Tree City USA status for 34 years.

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