Council Corner

Council Corner – Seeds of Peace

A few weeks ago, Councilors Sherman and Emami joined Jim Gersbach from the Oregon Department of Foresty to plant a new tree next to the Veteran’s Park Memorial. Happy Valley is a designated “Tree City USA” with thousands of trees, so what makes this tree special? Its roots date back over 75 years halfway across the world. The tree is a ginkgo seedling that was grown from seeds collected in Hiroshima, Japan. The seeds came from trees that survived the atomic bombing of the Japanese city in 1945. The tree serves as a sign of hope – that even amid unexpected devastation and loss of life, there can be hope for recovery and the future.

Similar seedlings have also been planted in parks all around Oregon within the last several years, all with the purpose to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and to encourage peace. So many of these trees have been planted that Oregon now has one of the largest collections of Hiroshima peace trees of any state or nation outside Japan.

The City would like to thank One Sunny Day Initiative, Green Legacy Hiroshima, and the Oregon Department of Forestry for making this tree available and bringing lasting peace.

To learn more about this program and the significance of these seedlings, visit https://www.oregon.gov/odf/forestbenefits/Pages/hiroshima-peace-trees.aspx

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