Tree for All Honors City of Beaverton for role in record-setting planting campaign
At the Beaverton City Council meeting on October 13, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle accepted an award recognizing the City of Beaverton’s pivotal role in the historic 2015 Tree for All campaign. Last fall, cities and organizations from across Washington County announced their plan to plant one million trees and shrubs in one year, under the slogan, “Tree for All: One Million – One Year – One Water.” This spring, the final count showed that the partnership had blasted past its original goal, planting more than two million native plants in less than a year.
Extensive overlap exists between the goals of Tree for All and those of the City of Beaverton. Beaverton is known for its livability, including a vast amount of green space and a commitment to “keep Beaverton tree-friendly.” Since 2005, Tree for All has planted more than 225,000 native plants in Beaverton. Plantings and related projects have taken place at Barrows Meadow, in Murrayhill, along Beaverton Creek between 114th and 117th, and at other locations.
“Thanks to partners like the City of Beaverton,” said Clean Water Services’ Watershed Management Director Bruce Roll. “Tree for All has restored more than 100 miles of streamside habitat in the past decade. Think about driving all the way to Astoria, through a corridor of native trees and shrubs,” Roll said. “That’s how much has been done in that period of time.”
In addition to thanking Mayor Doyle for his leadership and commitment, Roll also called attention to several of the many City of Beaverton staff who have made possible the success of Tree for All. They include Mel Schultz and Terry Priest from Public Works; Holly Thompson in the Mayor’s Office; Dave Waffle, Assistant Finance Manager; and David Donaldson, Public Works Director.
“The City of Beaverton is proud to be a partner of the Tree for All campaign,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “Our residents care about preserving our trees and creeks–this is just one way that we can keep our air and water clean, and our state green.”