Friends of Trees Eugene to kick off planting season on Oct. 27

Rob Adams Park Planting 2011
Young planter at Rob Adams Park at first FOT Eugene planting (Marion Forgatch)

Friends of Trees Eugene will kick off the 2012-13 planting season on Saturday, Oct. 27, with a tree planting from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Rob Adams Park, 890 Mountaingate Drive, Springfield. The planting is the second phase of a collaboration between Friends of Trees and Willamalane Park and Recreation to restore the park. In 2011, community volunteers planted 262 trees. This year, volunteers will plant 275 native conifers.

Rob Adams Park Planting 2011
Seedlings carried by bike to Rob Adams Park for FOT Eugene planting (Marion Forgatch)

People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join the planting. No pre-registration is required, and gloves, tools, guidance and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers are expected from Springfield, Eugene, Friends of Trees, Willamalane Park and Recreation, and the University of Oregon.

The park is named for Rob Adams, a dedicated member of the Willamalane Board of Directors for more than 20 years, and is located in the Thurston area of Springfield.

Originally a rock quarry, the park now connects to a hiking trail and is managed by Willamalane Park and Recreation District as part of the Mountaingate development in Springfield’s southeast hills.

For more information, please call Friends of Trees’ Eugene Director Erik Burke at 541-632-3683.