April is Oregon Arbor Month, and the City of Hood River is proud to share it’s been named a Tree City U.S.A. for the 9th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. We appreciate the work of all on the City’s Tree Committee.
Additionally, City Mayor Kate McBride has proclaimed April 30th, 2021 as Hood River Arbor Day – a day observed with planting, care and protection of trees. The Tree Committee is unable to host Arbor Day activities in 2021 due to the pandemic, but we encourage participation by community members and look forward to sharing news about celebrations in 2022.
Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, and provide habitat for wildlife. They can also increase property values, enhance economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community. Trees can be a source of joy and spiritual renewal.
Spring is a great season for planting or pruning trees. We encourage community members to celebrate in their own ways. Our local OSU Extension Office has many resources and the City’s Tree Committee pages has links with planting and pruning instructions.
The Hood River City Tree Committee was created in 2006 via City Ordinance 1923 and is made up of citizen volunteers with a range of relevant experience. The committee is an advisory board to the city with regard to urban forestry concerns and strives to educate the public, developers, and land managers on the necessity and value of trees for maintaining a quality environment.
In celebration of Oregon Arbor Month and Hood River Arbor Day, the City would like to promote its list of recommended trees for city right-of-way which can be found here, or by calling the City of Hood River Planning Department at (541) 387-5210.