The city of Philomath has been named the Tree City of the Year for its dedication to tree planting and maintenance.
Oregon Community Trees, the state’s urban and community forestry council, says kids helped public works crews with a big project last year, planting trees along Newton Creek.
“And the kids, now as they go through and see those trees grow, they’re always going to remember that project,” said Chris Workman, Philomath’s City Manager. “So going forward, that’s kind of an educational moment for them as well that they’ll hold on to.”
Workman says the award is a recognition of all of the hard work public works crews do year-round. He also says Philomath has been a Tree City for 20 years, meaning it has devoted funds annually to tree planting and care.
The city says the shade from the trees the kids help planted has already helped lower the stream’s temperature and reduced levels of chemicals.
“To get this award on top of it is really big,” Workman said.”It’s great for the city, it’s great for our mayor and the council, and it’s great for residents. It’s something they can be proud of.”
On April 25, the city will celebrating Arbor Day with a tree planting in the City Park at noon.