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Cascade’s displaced landscaping finds new homes on Free Plant Day

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  • Jacob McKay with Hoffman Construction was in charge of helping finding new homes for designated plants surrounding Student Center.
  • With trees and other large landscaping, Hoffman helped homeowners remove plants using a backhoe.
  • Plant adopters were required to arrange their own transportation for their prizes.
  • People were allowed to tag plants that they wanted in advance, although the remainder were taken on a first come, first served basis.
  • A wide variety of shrubs, plants and trees made the transition to new homes.
  • Another happy plant finds a new home -- free of charge.
  • People were allowed to tag plants that they wanted in advance, although the remainder were taken on a first come, first served basis.

“Save a tree!” was the order of the day at PCC Cascade recently as the campus community and neighbors flocked to Student Center for Free Plant Day and gave new homes to many prime specimens.

According to Jacob McKay, Hoffman Construction’s project superintendent for Cascade, approximately 75 people dug up and hauled away much of the landscaping surrounding the building, which is set for demolition in early August.

Earlier, residents were invited to reserve a particular plant(s) by picking up a special tag at Cascade’s president’s office and attaching it to the stem. Untagged plants were given away a first-come, first-served basis.

With the aid of a backhoe, Hoffman was able to help a handful of homeowners remove their trees. Otherwise it was up to the adopters to bring a shovel and remove shrubs and smaller plants themselves, and then arrange to bring them home in a pickup, car or trailer.

According to McKay, some residents had to decline after they met certain trees face to face.

“I had several people come out, fill out a tree application, and when they got out there and really saw what it took to relocate these things it was just too much for them,” he said.

But overall, McKay said that Free Plant Day was a success at finding new homes for the building’s flora.

“It was a good effort, and I thought a lot of people in the community wanted to do whatever they could,” said McKay.

PCC’S 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond program is increasing opportunities for residents to access quality, affordable higher education close to where they live and work. Additional classrooms, updated equipment and technology, and advanced workforce training programs are helping to pave the way for future employment options. For more information, visit www.pcc.edu/about/bond/about.


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