As a participating Tree City, USA city, Happy Valley is dedicated to the planting of trees for a variety of reasons. They protect our creeks and streams, clean the air, and beautify our streets and parks.
To help with this mission, Happy Valley is fortunate to have a great partner in Friends of Trees, an organization dedicated to “inspiring community stewardship of our urban forests by bringing people together to plant and care for trees and natural areas.” Through their support, multiple community plantings are held in Happy Valley each year.
A great opportunity to show your appreciation for the nature around you is to participate in an Arbor Day event. While many holidays honor an event in the past, Arbor Day is about growing and maintaining trees for future generations to enjoy. These events celebrate the amazing and far-reaching benefits of trees, primarily by hosting plantings and tree care events.
2017 Arbor Day Events in Happy valley
ROCK CREEK WATERSHED WIDE EVENT
The sixth annual Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event will be held Saturday, March 11, from 9 am – 1 pm. Rock Creek is an important tributary of the Clackamas River, and its health is vital to many plants, fish and wildlife. The event will include planting native trees and shrubs as well as removing invasive species near Rock Creek.
The staging area will again be at Pendarvis Farms – site of the renowned Pickathon Music Festival.
Gloves, tools and guidance will be provided. Some of the perks of participating include tasty breakfast foods, hot coffee/chocolate and even live music.
Registration is required for this event. Visit http://www.friendsoftrees.org/calendar/calendar-portland-vancouver to sign up today.
HAPPY VALLEY PARK MT. SCOTT CREEK PROJECT
On Saturday, March 18, the area surrounding Mt. Scott Creek will be the focus of the second Arbor Day event. Mt. Scott Creek is a tributary of Kellogg Creek, which flows to the Willamette River.
The event will begin promptly at 9:00 am, so please arrive around 8:45 to enjoy breakfast snacks and warm beverages. Tools and direction will be provided.
For more information about these two events or to register, visit http://www.friendsoftrees.org/calendar/calendar-portland-vancouver. Friends of Trees coordinators, Jenny or Randi, can be contacted at (503) 595-0213 with any questions.