New features added to Dallas arboretum

DALLAS — A new gate at Dallas’ Delbert Hunter Arboretum’s west entrance was just completed to accompany an interpretative kiosk donated by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.    The new gate installation and kiosk, which was completed last summer, are part of a continuing improvement project in the “upper meadow” section of the arboretum.    “It used to have just a chain across it,” said arboretum volunteer Carol Mannen. “This really dresses up that entrance and makes it a lot more inviting to walk through.”    The three-sided kiosk displays Dallas history, native plants of the region used by members of the Kalapuya tribes and bands, and maps of tradition Native American tribal homelands. It was donated as part of the CTGR’s Ceded Land Project, which places detailed signs and maps on lands Native American tribes in Western Oregon ceded to the federal government through treaties.    Kiosk signs provide information about the tribe’s history in the region and native plants and their uses — fitting for the arboretum. Plants shown and described on the kiosk can be found in numerous places throughout the 7.5-acre arboretum.    The new gate was paid for entirely with donations and completed by volunteers Nick Yerbick, Ken Kentch, Ken Hale, Paul Mannen, Ian Hart and Jerry Noble. Both the kiosk and the new gate are near the arboretum entrance on Southwest River Drive at the beginning of the arboretum’s Kalapuya Trail.    Carol Mannen said the meadow feature was added about 10 years ago after the city of Dallas donated the land. Through grants and donated labor, that section of the arboretum has gone through a dramatic change.    “Now the trees are growing and it’s really beautiful,” she said.    Check It Out    • The interpretative kiosk is located near the redone entrance on Southwest River Drive on in the meadow section of the arboretum west side of the arboretum. The kiosk was donated by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through it Ceded Lands Project.    • Delbert Hunter Arboretum is completely volunteer-run and is always looking for helping hands to maintain the grounds. Volunteer work parties are scheduled every Tuesday at 9 a.m., everyone is welcome. For more information: 503-623-7359.    

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