Eugene, OR (November 17, 2010)- On Saturday, Nov. 20, Eugene Tree Foundation, Friends of Trees, Trainsong Neighbors, Union Pacific Railroad, City of Eugene NeighborWoods and Stream Team programs, along with the Eugene Water & Electric Board, will welcome community volunteers at a special tree planting to launch the 2010-11 planting season and a new multi-year project to plant and care for trees in Trainsong neighborhood.
Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and other guest speakers will greet volunteers and discuss the community benefits of the multi-year project to plant trees in the Trainsong neighborhood. The November 20 planting launches a multi-year, multi-partner project to plant hundreds of trees to improve the health of Trainsong Neighborhood, which includes low income residents and has significant air and water quality issues. The trees planted on Saturday will create a green buffer between Trainsong’s residential neighborhood and the Union Pacific rail yard, and beautify the neighborhood. Additional plantings are also scheduled in Trainsong on December 4 and 18.
Community volunteers at the event will hear from guest speakers including Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, Union Pacific Railroad Public Affairs Director Brock Nelson, Friends of Trees Executive Director Scott Fogarty, Trainsong Neighborhood Association President Nicole Sharette, and County Commissioner Rob Handy.
Support for the Trainsong planting project comes from and The Home Depot Foundation through an Alliance for Community Trees NeighborWoods grant, the City of Eugene and EWEB. Oakshire Brewery is sponsoring the November 20 event and hosting a lunch for volunteers afterward. Since 1999, Eugene Tree Foundation has planted more than 1,400 street and yard trees and helped plant thousands of smaller native trees and shrubs. This year, the Eugene nonprofit initiated a partnership with the Portland-based nonprofit Friends of Trees.
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