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Arbor Month 2022

Be a Tree Hero this Arbor Month!

Arbor Month is always a productive month in Lake Oswego! Thank you so much to those of you who participated in our Ivy Removal Home Service! This was a new program the OLWC neighborhood Urban Forest Committees offered for residents of Lake Oswego. We sent trained volunteers to houses across LO to free trees on their premises from the tenacious grasp of invasive English ivy. We had so much fun talking to neighbors and helping out our community. You can learn more about the program below. Special thanks to Lake Grove, Forest Heights and First Addition Urban Forest Committees for providing volunteer help. We hope to offer this service every April, but in the meantime please explore this page to learn more about English ivy and why we remove it. 

If you are ever out removing ivy, take a photo of trees that you saved from ivy and send them our way by tagging @oswegolakewc on social media (Facebook, Instagram) and using #LOTreeHero.

Being a Tree Hero can be easy with OLWC’s Ivy Removal Home Service!

Despite the massive benefits to the biodiversity of your landscape, removing invasive English ivy from your yard can be a tiresome chore. Tenacious ivy vines have perfected the adhesive art of spreading rapidly (at about a foot a year) from ground roots and winding tightly up the trunk of trees and cutting them off from the resources they need to survive.

OLWC wants to make this task easier on you by offering a service in which a member of your urban forest committee comes to your residence and removes tree ivy for you!

Our trained volunteers can also offer education and tools, advice on native alternatives to English ivy and tips on how to manage invasive plants more effectively.

If you suspect you have a tree(s) on your residence suffering beneath the weight of English ivy and you’d like OLWC to coordinate a volunteer to come and remove it, please click on the button below out. If you’d like more information about why we remove English ivy, click here!

Be A Tree Hero in Your Neighborhood - Arbor Month 2022
invasive ivy

Why all the fuss about ivy?

Community members can make a huge difference by removing tree ivy in their neighborhood!


Volunteer crosses creek to remove invasive species
Students pose for a photo after a volunteer event