Eugene hopes to add a lot more green here in 2021. They hope to do it with 2,000 sequoia trees, and community members can look at how you can get involved in the effort. The City of Eugene is on a mission to plant at least 2,000 sequoias by the year 2021, before the IAAF World Championships. “This is really leaving a legacy for the future and when the city and all of the constituents in it can come together and plant trees, that’s building a stronger community,” says Heidi Lakics with the City of Eugene.
Lane County residents can help by picking up a free tree from Alton Baker Park at an event this month. Lane Community College is already on board. “50 years from now students will be welcomed into the campus with a gorgeous giant sequoia forest,” says LCC instructor Timothy Ingalsbee. Their goal is to bring back wildlife and plant 100 sequoias these next couple of months. “There’s been an immense amount of clear cutting going on around the campus and so we lost a lot of forest to land speculators,” Ingalsbee says, “so planting these giant sequoias will partly compensate for that.” Of course, people need to have the adequate space–that is, at least 20 feet of space between any buildings, sidewalks or any other trees.
“People need to keep in mind that these are little baby trees that we are giving away and these are going to turn into big, massive trees, so you have to have the right space,” says Heidi Lakics with City of Eugene. She says community members are already on board too. “We’ve had a lot of requests for giant sequoias; people are really on board with this. Again, it’s leaving a legacy for the future and that makes people really excited.” This will be a legacy that will live for centuries to come. The City of Eugene looks forward to giving away hundreds of baby sequoias.
If you are interested in picking up a free tree, you can do so on Sunday, October 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Alton Baker Park in the native nursery.
Story by Kassandra Gutierrez and KVAL.com Staff from Thursday, October 3rd, 2019.