Northwest NEWS

April 23, 2001

Local News

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The Douglas firs lining 133rd Avenue are the scheduled recipients of much-needed pruning.
Brownyn Wilson/staff Photo.

Woodinville celebrates Arbor Day


   by Bronwyn Wilson
   Senior Staff Reporter
   At one time Woodinville was a dense forest with trees as tall as skyscrapers.
   Well maybe not that tall, but tree stumps were so huge that one pioneer found a big hollow stump and fixed it up as a shelter until he could cut cedar to build his home. The imposing giant trees have faded into history, but trees are more important than ever to Woodinville's landscape and environment. In keeping with the city's goal of preserving its Northwest woodland character, Woodinville is taking measures to honor Arbor Day this Saturday.
   Arbor Day, first observed in 1872 with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, is now observed throughout the nation and world. This year, Woodinville's Tree Board recommended April 28th as the day to hold a planting event to celebrate Arbor Day.
   On that day, two special trees will be planted at the new City Hall at 10 a.m. In front of the new building, a sequoia will replace a Port Orford cedar that was removed during construction. According to Senior Planner Becky Perkins, the sequoia could reach as high as 325 feet when full grown.
   Remarking on its future role in the city, she said, "It's a nice tree to decorate during the holidays." The other tree scheduled for planting at the Arbor Day event is a western red cedar, a present given as a 2000 Legacy Tree to Woodinville by the Department of Natural Resources at last year's Arbor Day celebration. Since that time, the Legacy Tree has been in the care of Woodinville's Parks Department, waiting until it could be officially planted at the new City Hall site.
   After the planting event, arborist, Ian MacCallum will hold an informative pruning demonstration. The Douglas firs lining 133rd Ave. N.E., in front of C.O. Sorenson School, are the scheduled recipients of the much-needed pruning.
   Woodinville received the distinguished recognition as Tree City USA for the fifth straight year by The National Arbor Day Foundation. The City has met qualifying standards each year in having a viable tree management plan and program. The observance of Arbor Day is one of the four required standards needed to maintain the Tree City USA designation.
   In a document proclaiming April 28 as Arbor Day in Woodinville, Mayor Randy Ransom declared, "Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community. Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal."
   The City of Woodinville urges all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day by supporting efforts to protect the community's trees and woodlands. Citizens are invited to attend the Arbor Day planting.
   For further information on the Arbor Day event or to nominate a Heritage Tree, contact Senior Planner Becky Perkins at (425) 489-2757, ext.2283. In addition, you can visit www.arborday.org to select the tree you think should be America's National Tree. Votes will be taken until midnight, April 27.