Our Town: Arbor Day | Volunteer Month | Food Waste Prevention | Shelter Update

Our Town: Arbor Day | Volunteer Month | Food Waste Prevention | Shelter Update

Celebrating Arbor Day All Year Round!

The city will plant 40 trees in the Greenway neighborhood to celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, Apr. 6. The Landscape and Urban Forestry Department, Friends of Trees, and many volunteers will be planting approved street trees from the list found at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ApprovedTrees. After the trees are planted, the Urban Forestry Department will water and maintain the trees for up to two years until they are established.

The Arbor Day celebrations go along with being recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The city has been named a Tree City USA for the last 30 years, has received the Tree City Growth Award for the past 20 years, and has been named a Tree City of the World for the past three years!

Visit www.arborday.org to learn more about the programs. To sign up for a future tree planting event or to get more information on Friends of Trees, visit friendsoftrees.org.

 

What Does a City Arborist Do?

City arborists, also known as city foresters, wear many hats. They are responsible for getting the best tree care possible from tax dollars, leading cross-departmental communication within the city, knowing and communicating effectively about residential concerns, understanding the biology of trees, and providing a safe environment for residents when a tree can be hazardous.

Arborists are required to pursue continuing education and follow a code of ethics to maintain an arborist license. Licenses are issued through the International Society of Arboriculture. Regular maintenance and monitoring of the urban forest is required, as is educating city residents and businesses about proper tree care techniques. They provide training and supervision of city crews to ensure the best quality of tree care is practiced.

They also oversee the planting, watering, pruning, and pest control of city trees; education related to pests and diseases that affect trees; the preservation of historical/significant trees; the review of projects in the city that relate to trees; the coordination of volunteer groups; and the removal of hazardous trees when there is no other alternative.

 

How Does the City Support Our Trees Throughout the Year?

Beaverton’s Urban Forestry Maintenance section provides care and maintenance for the city’s urban forest, enhancing the health of existing resources while encouraging conservation and preservation. Arborist technicians annually prune more than 20,000 city trees, providing additional care for a record number of trees, all the while making sure the highest percentage of trees possible remain in “excellent” and “good” condition for more than five years.

The city also aspires to increase the inventory of trees in the urban forest by managing the Development Tree Program and encouraging partnerships with community-based groups to complete tree planting projects. City arborists are also responsible for offering educational classes/materials related to arboriculture and professional arboriculture assistance to residents.

 

How Can I Keep My Trees Looking Their Best?

  • Do not top your trees. Topping a tree promotes sucker growth and produces multiple weaker branches at the top of the tree.
  • Cut deadwood out of trees and shrubs.
  • Monitor for insects and only treat them when the tree cannot support the number of insects and/or they are causing physical damage to the tree.
  • Keep vegetation within the right-of-way and at corner lots at acceptable heights (below three feet for visibility reasons).
  • Remove tree suckers from the base of the trees.
  • Water young street trees (planted within two years or less) at least once a week with approximately 15 gallons of water.
  • Remove the tree stakes from young trees after the first year. Tree stake ties will prohibit proper growth if not removed.
  • Don’t dump landscape materials into the street. During heavy rain events, they will wash into the inlets and plug the water’s way, which could cause flooding.

 

Have a Question?

Noticed a Tree Problem in Your Neighborhood? Have a question about landscaping, tree cutting, trimming, or pruning? Call City Arborist Jered Lane at 503-526-2237 or Public Works Manager Steve Brennan at 503-526-2206. Need to report a problem with a tree in your area? Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ReportAProblem.

Looking for more tips? Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Trees.

 

April is Volunteer Month

Help Your Community at the Volunteer Fair, Saturday, Jun. 8. Here are a handful of ways you can get involved! A full listing of city volunteer opportunities can be found at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Volunteer.

Join your neighbors in creating the community you want to see by joining your local Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC)! Neighbors meet to discuss neighborhood topics and work together on neighborhood events and service projects. Matching grants up to $3,500 per project are available. Learn more and find your neighborhood at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Neighborhood.

 

Do you belong to an organization in need of volunteers?

Apply to be a part of the Volunteer Fair! The Volunteer Fair will be held Saturday, Jun. 8 and provides opportunities for residents to work with local nonprofit and community organizations. Applications close Friday, Apr. 8.

 

National Food Waste Prevention Week is April 1-7

Food waste continues to be one of the leading contributors of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. What exactly is food waste? Most of us probably think of it as the soggy salad mix that we forgot in the back of the fridge or the leftovers that we never did get in the right mood to eat. Those are both true, but food waste also includes all the scraps and bits that you never intended to eat. Think bones, cores, fruit pits, trimmings, etc. While it may be true that most of those items could be made into some sort of edible food (ever heard of people adding eggshells to their smoothies?), most of us just don’t have the time, resources, or desire to make that a reality. Luckily, for many Beaverton residents and businesses, food scraps can be collected to be composted.

While composting is a great option, it is always best for your wallet and the planet to prevent waste in the first place. Waste prevention reduces the upstream impacts and resources used to grow, pack, and transport food. If we don’t waste food in the first place, we won’t waste the water, land, energy, etc. used to grow it.

Learn more about how you can prevent food waste during National Food Waste Prevention Week, Monday, Apr. 1, through Sunday, Apr. 7. This is the perfect time to kick off your efforts to prevent wasted food. You can try simple things like shopping with a list, buying fewer perishable items (if yours tend to go bad before you get to them), or rearranging your fridge (placing condiments in the drawers and foods that need to be eaten first in direct line of sight). You can even make it a friendly competition with your friends and family to see who can produce the least amount of food waste in a week. Whatever you decide to do, just remember that every little bit helps!

 

Learn more about Beaverton’s compost programs at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Compost. Get more tips and resources at  www.DontLetGoodFoodGoBad.org.

 

Shelter Work Continues on Schedule

Construction on the new shelter is moving forward on schedule! Work started in November with the removal of some interior fixtures, wiring, ceiling tiles, and most non-load-bearing walls. Additional work planned for the early part of this year includes the interior ceiling structure, seismic upgrades, interior wall framing, and selected plumbing fixes.

Open Door HousingWorks, the selected shelter operator, continues its work with Washington County to establish the contract for shelter operation and programming. The shelter is expected to open in late summer.

 

Visit the Beaverton Homeless Shelter webpage at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Shelter for the latest construction photos, shelter design plan, photo renderings, and updates.