Oakdale honored for urban forest care

  • Updated: April 19, 2014 - 2:00 PM

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Oakdale has have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to urban forest management.

The city was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the foundation, a national nonprofit conservation and education organization.

“Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day,” the organization said on its website.

More than 3,400 cities across the country have received the designation, Arbor Day officials said.

Oakdale, which has been named a Tree City for the past 19 years, will hand out trees to residents who attend the city’s Arbor Day ceremony, a tradition that dates 40 years, according to a city news release. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 26, at Richard Walton Park, 1584 Hadley Av., Oakdale (next to City Hall), the release said.

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Nature programs focus on birds, mushrooms

Carpenter Nature Center is hosting two programs on Saturday, April 26.

From 9-11 a.m. at the center’s Wisconsin campus, 300 E. Cove Road, Hudson, Jim Fitzpatrick, director emeritus, will lead a bird hike. Learn about the many bird species that utilize the St. Croix Valley during migration and nesting season.

Field guides and binoculars will be available to borrow. The program fee is $6 per person or $4 for Friends of CNC.

From 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the main campus, 12805 St Croix Trail S., Hastings, avid amateur mycologist Joni Garbe will present an easy guide to mushroom hunting. Participants will learn about five “can’t miss” edible varieties that they can find through the summer and into fall. This is an indoor program. The fee is $6 per person or $4 for Friends of CNC.

RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.

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Trees to be planted at newest city park

Residents of Cottage Grove are invited to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees at one of the city’s newest parks from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Sunnyhill Park, 6201 Ideal Av., in the Pine Cliff neighborhood.

Bring shovels and work gloves and join city staff for a morning of planting trees, shrubs, and flowers.

Beverages will be offered, along with activities for kids. No preregistration is required and all ages are welcome.

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