In April of 2012 the City received approximately $775,000 from the Tony Silver’s estate. This bequest was specifically designated to improve the community’s street tree inventory. A street tree is a tree which is generally located between the street and sidewalk. The budgeted interest which accrues on the trust can be utilized each year by the Tree Board for street tree improvements. Those improvements can also include providing irrigation to street trees – which was a very insightful forethought of Mr. Silvers!
Tree Board members aspired to accomplish a larger-scaled street tree project to showcase the enhancements that can be accomplished through this trust. Early last year, Tree Board members unanimously voted to allow the interest to accrue for two years prior to “cashing in”.
On Friday, April 18th Tree Board members and community volunteers will plant 25 street trees at the vacant lot north of the Baker County rodeo grounds. An irrigation system will also be installed in the weeks immediately following the tree plantings to provide water to the new trees. This project will be our 2014 Arbor Day project, celebrating Baker City’s 29th year as a “Tree City USA”. Only seven Oregon cities can say they have celebrated 29 years as a Tree City USA: Baker City, Ashland, Rogue River, Sun River, Eugene, Portland, and Salem. We are so excited to see this project come to fruition, and it’s been made possible by Mr. Silver’s
love of trees and the great people of our community making a difference by volunteering their time