May 2022 * No 10
The Repair Fair is Back
Come to Coolidge-McClaine Park in Silverton to get your small appliances, electronics, textiles/clothing, and bikes fixed free of charge. These Marion County events aim to connect people who can repair stuff with people who need their stuff repaired, while teaching folks practical repair skills that they can use in the future. Make connections, save money, and reduce waste. (Link to Flier)
Please fill out our RSVP FORM for the repair fair event; however, walk-ins are welcome.
SAVE THE DATE
SILVERTON PUBLIC WORKS FAIR
Make a Difference Week!
June 4-11, 2022 9am - 12pm
On Saturday, June4, 2022, meet at the fountain
in Coolidge-McClaine Park at 9 am
To register - just show up Saturday June 4 with your clipper, lopper, and/or pruning saws. If you have questions, please email Eric Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on this event, visit the SER website: Find Restoration Events - Make a Difference Week
Solar Energy Fair a huge success
Restaurant To-Go Containers
The other day at Guerra Restaurant I remarked on the reusable “to go” containers. I use them often. I told the waitress about Sustainable Silverton and received an email from the Head Chef, Christy Smith. She said that while she was deciding on what containers to use for the restaurant, she took into consideration what Marion County recycling guidelines were. “Most food containers can't be recycled now. So, I wanted something that wasn't a one-time use, that people could use at home and wouldn't just be thrown into the garbage and that didn't just look nice,” she explained. After working with her sales representative for US foods, she came across the product line put out by Newsprings. “While these containers are not compostable, they are dishwasher safe, freezer safe, microwavable, and functional. They are designed to be stackable for easy storage, durable, and definitely reusable. For me they are a really good equivalent to Tupperware,” she added. In her opinion recycling and environmentally friendly also can be defined as "I can get more than one use out of a product.” Newsprings offers multiple sizes in their take out line. But Christy only uses three sizes to try and reduce the amount of space that these containers will take up. The lids and containers come in one box. Therefore, there is only one box to recycle and not two. Hopefully, industry will develop containers that are reusable and compostable. Do you know of any? What are other Silverton restaurants using? Let us know at email@example.com
Volunteer Thank You
April Farmers Market volunteers: Joe Craig, Michael Finkelstein, Kelley Morehouse
Right Tree in the Right Place in the Urban Forest
A tree’s crown has the greatest visual impact but can have a large economic impact as well. Like the roots, branches soon interfere with the built infrastructure of the city. New utility lines are often buried, but overhead lines transfer right through the growing tree canopy. This creates a conflict dealt with by pruning, or neglect - either expensive. Unchecked lateral branch growth impacts building facades and roadways. The tree canopy brings shade to pedestrians, parked cars and nearby buildings. But physical impacts with any of these is a danger. Reduce this problem with variety selection, though it isn’t eliminated. There are varieties of many tree species that grow with narrow form, like Metasequoia. These fit well in streetside sidewalks without interfering with traffic. But they are the wrong choice when there are utility wires above. In that case, selections that grow with lower growth are more useful.
Selecting ever smaller trees to avoid obstacles may not meet the site’s need. If the site goal calls for a shade tree, a tree that only grows 6 meters tall is not the right tree. Urban street trees must be large enough to cast shade over a wide area. Their branches must grow above head height to avoid obstructing the sidewalk. That means the minimum tree height at planting is greater than 4.5 meters. This ensures that the scaffold branches are already established. These branches become part of the tree’s main structure and start at or above 3 meters. Trees that can’t meet these metrics are either too young or don’t grow large enough for sidewalk culture. Leave tree care to the experts before their scaffold formation has started. Small-statured trees may be good candidates for planting in parks. Many small-growing trees have great aesthetic appeal but are not good street tree candidates. Do not plant trees in the sidewalk if they don’t grow large enough to clear the impact zone - your face and head.
Part 2: Carbon Sequestration with the Right Tree in the Right Place
It is somewhat easy to imagine what the right tree in the right urban space looks like. We know what well-grown street trees look like. It is much more difficult to know this for a distant forest planted for carbon sequestration. Few people know and understand what a healthy forest looks like. But forests of planted trees are now tasked with sequestering carbon to combat climate change. That work is done best by healthy functioning forests. In urban forests it is cost effective to match each tree to its planting site. That isn't the case in large scale forestry when planting millions of trees. Instead, we match tree species and type to the broad project, or subareas of a project. The axiom, right tree in the right place focuses on creating a healthy forest system. When the forest is healthy, the trees are right for the site and carbon sequestration results.