Vancouver honors volunteers with tree planting

Vancouver honors volunteers with tree planting

OGDEN – The City of Vancouver Volunteer Programs and Municipal Forestry Department recently added eight trees to the Volunteer Grove in Centerpointe Park (NE Fourth Plain Boulevard on the Pacific Way). The Volunteer Grove recognizes community members and groups who dedicate their time to the city of Vancouver. The Volunteer Grove tree planting, now in its sixth year, was accompanied by an awards ceremony to celebrate the winners on March 4th.

“Each year we plant trees to symbolize the dedication of our volunteers,” said Hailey Heath, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Vancouver. “The Volunteer Grove reminds us of the legacy of these residents who chose to donate their time to strengthen their community. Planting trees has never been more important and we are grateful to these volunteers whose dedication to our community has now resulted in more trees being planted that will be enjoyed for decades and beyond.”

The 2023 honorees and nominators are: Amanda McCallum, 50+ Recreation, Bella Vista Neighborhood Association Board – Naturespaces Program; Clif Barnes, Urban Forestry; Dan Lincoln, Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services; Linda Gentry, Vancouver Police Department; Margi Russo, 50+ recreation; Peter and Vera Marez, Waste Managers, Public Works; and Stephen Wille, Parks and Recreational and Cultural Services.

Volunteer Grove nominations are accepted throughout the year and submitted on behalf of individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a significant and positive impact on the Vancouver community.