Pamplin Media Group – Earth Day Celebrated at Gathering in Westmoreland
The vacant woodland north of Portland Memorial could still be at least in part a park; he will have a parking lot
The Friends of Moreland Woods group, which has been trying for some years to find a way to privately acquire woodland from the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial funeral home just south of Llewellyn Elementary School, held a Westmoreland celebration. “Earth Day” on Saturday April 24. Portland Memorial, after being acquired by the Foundation Partners organization, decided its two large, half-block parking lots were underutilized and could be sold for development; one is already under advanced construction. The other is also slated for sale, so the funeral home has decided how little parking it needs can be met with a small parking lot at the south end of the lot. ” Moreland Woods. ”Their original plan called for the removal of several trees, but they reconfigured their plan to eliminate the need to remove more than a few. With their hope still alive that at least part of the sit e of two acres along SE 14th Avenue between Duke and Claybourne streets could still be acquired for public use, the “Friends of Moreland Woods” have joined six artists from a group of downtown painters called ” Tree Emergency Response Team “who arrived to celebrate the day by painting oil paintings of the many Douglas firs on the site between 11 am and 2 pm
Additionally, local artists of all ages were invited to sit under an awning to create their own tree-inspired artwork, music or poems. Families in the neighborhood were invited to learn more about the trees and the opportunity presented for a small park adjacent to the school on the grounds. The light rain that day did not cool the spirits, and a surprising assortment of painters, photographers, graphic designers showed up.
Blaine Little, Project Assistant at Tree Emergency Response Team, explained, “We hold monthly painting events to draw attention to the conservation of important local trees that are important to their neighborhoods. We display a rotation of our paintings in our galleries, and provide refreshments and materials at each event, encouraging developers to incorporate risk trees into their designs. ”
Some of the firs were surrounded by bright yellow daffodils and chrysanthemums that day. Mausoleum’s community relations officer Michael Salazar, who was organizing tours that day, commented to THE BEE: “We don’t know who put them there, but it’s almost like a symbol to save the trees. . ”
Meanwhile, celebratory chair Marianne Nelson had hung handmade “weather grams” on a nearby tree – poetic descriptions of nature to celebrate the site. There were free “Save Moreland Woods” signs available for anyone who wanted them.
The ultimate fate of the rest of the property, just north of Portland’s famous memorial mausoleum, has yet to be finalized by the funeral home.
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