Urban Forestry experts: Local communities benefit from efforts to protect, grow trees

DANA MERRYDAY/CHRONICLE PHOTO - Residents plant an Arbor Day tree in Coiner Park this past weekend. From right: Matt Hall, Al Kennedy High School (AKHS) teacher/crew leader; Faye Stewart, Public Works director; an AKHS student; Susan Johnson, Urban Forestry Committee (UFC) member; and Debra Bartlett, UFC/event organizer, and two AKHS students.

As summers get hotter and hotter in Oregon each year, one tool local governments use to combat the heat is urban forests. Cottage Grove and Creswell arm their residents with trees to help in the fight against the heat with tree giveaways . . .