Arbor Week - April 3-10, 2010
Saturday, April 3
Bird Nest Box Workshop
10:00 a.m.-Noon: Free workshop on building wild bird nest boxes at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. NW. Hands-on demonstrations on nest box design, construction tips, mounting techniques, and bird monitoring ideas will be provided. The workshop is the result of a partnership of 4-H Wildlife Stewards, Oregon State University Extension Service, the City of Albany Environmental Services and Albany Parks and Recreation outreach programs. The project goal is to give local teachers an opportunity to discover simple projects for their classrooms that focus on nature and activities to get students outside. Contact: Heather Slocum – 541-791-0058.
Monday, April 5 and Tuesday April 6
Milling demonstrations at West Albany High School
South Albany High School
Hardwood logs will be milled into lumber for woodshop students at both Albany high schools. In 2009, more than 4,500 board feet, valued at more than $19,000, was milled at the schools. This year, the schools are building partnerships with schools in Sweet Home and Scio, inviting them to participate in the demonstration and sharing the wood among all four shop programs. Logs to be milled are from trees that were removed over the past year from City parks and streets as well as donations from Starker Forest Products in Philomath and Weyerhaeuser Corporation of Eugene. Mike Doolittle of Logs to Lumber, Inc., is providing a portable sawmill to mill Oregon white oak, big leaf maple, golden chinquapin, and alder logs.
- Monday, April 5 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - West Albany High School, 1130 Queen Avenue SW
- Tuesday, April 6 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - South Albany High School, 3705 Columbus Street SE
Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7
4th Grade Foresters program
Fourth graders at Waverly, Takena, South Shore and Timber Ridge schools will receive trees to take home and plant as part of the program. Participating fourth-graders will receive instructions for planting and caring for their seedling and receive a certificate naming them “Fourth Grade Foresters.” The trees are native white oak, Ponderosa pine and incense cedar. A 20-minute presentation for each class includes a short Arbor Day talk and some facts about Albany trees.
- Tuesday, April 6 – noon - Waverly Elementary, 425 Columbus St. SE
- Tuesday, April 6 – time to be determined – Takena Elementary, 1210 12th Ave. SW
- Wednesday, April 7 -12:30 p.m.– Timber Ridge School, 373 Timber Ridge St. NE
- Wednesday, April 7, - time to be determined – South Shore Elementary, 910 Bain St. SE
Thursday, April 8
Tour of OSU campus, lunch, Heritage Tree Tour
A group will travel to the OSU campus, where Joe Majeski, University Landscape Manager, will provide an easy walking tour of the spectacular trees and historic buildings of the campus. There will be a lunch break in the Memorial Union, where many food options are available to purchase. Feel free to bring your own sack lunch and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
After lunch, the group returns to the Senior Center where a trolley will provide a driving tour of special trees in Albany. This tour will be guided by Dick Miles and David Smith of the Albany Tree Commission and conclude at 4:00 p.m. This tour will be informative, easy paced, and fun for all!
- OSU tour and lunch on campus – leaves Albany Senior Center 10:00 a.m., returns around 2:00 p.m.
- Heritage Tree Tour – leave Albany Senior Center around 2:15p.m., returns 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14
City Council Meeting:
Tree City USA award and Arbor Week Wrap-up
The City will receive its 2010 Tree City USA award from the Arbor Day Foundation and the State of Oregon Department of Forestry. It is the 16th year Albany has earned this national designation. City Council will be presented with a report on Arbor Week activities.
date and time to be determined
In early April, the City will receive a large amount of bare-root trees from local nurseries. Working with the girls at the Oak Creek Correctional Facility and the OSU Extension Service, the trees will be planted in large containers at Oak Creek and maintained over the summer. Inmates will receive course credit for participating. Advantages of pot-in-pot production include reduced irrigation requirements and reduced heat stress to the root system during the summer. In the fall, the trees will be used to supplement the Urban Forestry street tree and “Neighborwoods” programs.
For more information, please contact Craig Carnagey, 541-704-2303 or Tari Hayes, 541-917-7778.