FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Arbor Day Accomplishments
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Steve Wall, Public Works Director
Ridgefield, WA, May 4, 2010 – In celebration of Arbor Day, volunteers have once again been working together to plant trees to enhance the natural setting within parks and along trails in Ridgefield, Washington. The City of Ridgefield purchased approximately 50 trees through a grant from the Parks Foundation that have been planted by volunteers along the Gee Creek trail on the south side of Abrams Park in Mayors Meadow. In addition, approximately forty ornamental trees were donated by D&D Nursery, which is located just outside the city limits, and planted in various parks and open spaces throughout the City. Among the volunteers were Boy Scouts from Troop 310 who also assisted with the upgrade of existing trails between Pioneer Street, Abrams Park and Mayor's Meadow.
The donated trees from D&D Nursery consisted mainly of ornamental trees of varying species. The trees purchased and planted with the Parks Foundation Grant included cedars, dogwoods, ninebarks, and maples among others.
Since December, the City has now planted approximately 225 trees throughout the City, with the vast majority of trees being donated to the City and installed utilizing volunteer work crews. Mayor Ron Onslow said, "It is only through the efforts of all volunteers, including those who donated the trees (G-2 Landscaping and D & D Nursery) that Ridgefield continues to beautify the City. All these trees - mostly native - along trails and in parks will serve to remind us every day of the natural beauty here in the Great Northwest and in Ridgefield. As usual there was a great outpouring of help, with as many as 50 involved in the placing of these trees".
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 20 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 20,000 persons with an employment base of over 13,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Finance & Administration/City Clerk, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.