‘Leaving a legacy for the future’ – 2,000 sequoia trees planted by 2021 in Eugene

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.

Welcoming Week in Eugene

Join us at a free event to celebrate Welcoming Week, a worldwide celebration to bring together immigrants and those born within their countries in a spirit of unity. Enjoy food, art, and learn how you can get involved with welcoming organizations to make our community stronger. 

When: Monday, September 16th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Where: Atrium Building, 99 W 10th Ave. Eugene, Oregon

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Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association 22nd Annual Picnic

SHiNA 22nd Annual Picnic On Sunday, September 8th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m 

At Wayne Morse Family Farm – 595 Crest Drive

Join your neighbors and friends for our special SHiNA event. The Wayne Morse Family Farm shelter is repaired, ready and waiting for the potluck, so please bring food to share! We’re featuring Espacio Flamenco which creates a space in Portland for flamenco arts & culture to be experienced and enjoyed through music and dance performance. Also kids (of all ages) look forward to participating in bubble and butterfly making activities.

This year we’re holding a silent auction fundraiser with 45 plus goods and services donations to bid on that have a total value worth more than $1700. Come to meet and connect with your neighbors! Learn about what Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association is doing for disaster preparedness and what you can do to help. Check out our community partners and local non-profits at their tables.We hope to see you all there, bring your neighbor, meet new people and have fun!

Emergency Planning Workshop

The Board of the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association is encouraging all Eugene resident to meet your surrounding neighbors and make plans for mutual support in the event of a natural disaster such as the Cascadia Subduction Earthquake or a major forest fire affecting Eugene.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program has much useful information, if members of your block or area wish to take that training. Each family needs to make a plan, since normal communications, such as cell phone may not be working, emergency responders may be overwhelmed, and services we depend on like electricity, being able to drive from place to place, grocery stores being open, and so on may not be functioning or accessible.

The Cascadia Earthquake has the potential to be the worst natural disaster in US history. Many things we rely on under “normal” conditions may not be available. It is better to think about taking care of ourselves under emergency conditions, before rather than when normal conditions are overturned.

Workshop Info: June 18th, 2019 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, OR from 8:30am – 4:30pm. See flier for Registration Info.

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Neighborhood Work Party

On Saturday June 15th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

SHiNA is sponsoring a work party to build a bike rack in the parking lot at Wayne Morse Family Farm at 595 Crest Drive.

The Work will involve cutting 6 holes through the asphalt, mixing and pouring concrete around the bottom portions of three hoop-type, powder-coated bike racks.

The Party will consist of a social gathering where free ice cream, cookies, and juice will be served. This is an opportunity for you to come by bicycle or by other means, bring children, and dogs on leashes (except in the dog park where they can run free). The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association has received a City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grant to purchase the materials for the project. The neighborhood association is supplying the labor for the work and the social gathering. This is a Saturday outing for individuals, families, and dogs in the beautiful park setting of the former family home of U.S. Senator Wayne Morse.  We hope to see you there. Come to work or socialize!

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Wayne Morse Family Farm – Historic Preservation Open House

Join us for an afternoon at The Wayne Morse Family Farm, a City of Eugene park. For the 2019 Historic Preservation Open House on Sunday, May 19th from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Located at 595 Crest Drive in Eugene.

There will be historic house tours, exhibits, horse carriage rides by Chafin Farms, Banjo the painting horse with McKenna, a performance by the Spencer Butte Middle School Jazz Band and an ice cream social.

Originally named Edgewood Farm, this site was home to Wayne Morse and his family for over 40 years. Wayne was a UO Law School Dean labor arbitrator and United States Senator advocating for free speech. His property became a City of Eugene Park in 1979. Built in 1936, the family home and farm were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

This event is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation.  www.waynemorse.org