Results and Accomplishments
The city of
Forest Grove had seven 20 year-old oak trees that needed relocation due to crowding and other issues. These trees ranged up to 12 ft in height and 4 inches in diameter which required transplanting with the aid of a tree-spade. In addition, other local project supporters had native tree seedlings potted for the purpose of planting at the site in the future. Community volunteers and students from two university environmental science classes assisted in all parts of the project during Spring 2005. On Earth Day (April 23, 2005) a group of volunteer students and residents planted the oaks that had been delivered on site by local nuseryman
Tom Epler and crew. The event garnered positive publicity from the Forest Grove News Times, the Oregonian and Hillsboro Argus. An Americorps crew completed maintenance work and set the site up to survive the summer dry season. Volunteers will monitor and maintain the watering system during the summer (2005).
Overall the project was very successful in securing partners, generating volunteer participation and in making the most of the budget. The actual expenditure was around $3134, while the volunteer value, in-kind services and materials donations totaled over $8850! Details available on paid staff time allocations and donated time & materials. The original $15,000 grant application was broader in scope and having been awarded $5,000 out of this proposed, we trimmed the scope back.