Heritage Redwood Tree

By Kathleen Wiens My family and I moved to Lake Oswego in 2015. One of the reasons we fell in love with LO is the large beautiful trees in the community. We were thrilled that our home had an incredible heritage redwood tree in the front yard and worked with Bosky...

Gans Site Update

Submitted by Barbara Fisher, OLWC council member and Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods coordinator You have probably never heard of Gans Street. It’s a short dead-end street in the Hallinan Heights neighborhood. The OLWC has been working to restore ¾ of acre on this...

Tree Care During Heat Waves!

The fingerprints of climate change are becoming more pronounced with the record crushing temperatures this past weekend in the Pacific Northwest. As prolonged heat and drought  become part of the normal rhythms of the season, how do we take care of our trees?...

PACIFIC YEW – Lost Treasure in the Forest?

by Denny Barnes, OLWC Board Member Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia) is a small inconspicuous understory tree.  From 1993-2013, they were indiscriminately stripped from our forests to make the powerful anti-cancer drug Taxol.  It took about six 100+-year-old Yews to make...

The Dirt on Trees

The Dirt on Trees Stephanie Wagner We love our trees!  We love their shade, their graceful patterns against the sky, and how they store carbon to combat climate change. But where would trees be without their roots? The roots we cannot see but know anchor the beauty...