Oregon Peace Tree Project Presentation

Oregon Peace Tree Project Presentation

Date(s) - March 15, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Join Hoyt Arboretum volunteer Jim Gersbach to learn about the Oregon Peace Tree Project, which has helped Oregon have the densest concentration of trees outside of Japan that were grown from the seeds of trees that survived the 1945 atom bombing of Hiroshima.

Jim has been helping distribute the trees to over three dozen communities across Oregon, including a ginkgo and persimmon at Hoyt Arboretum. He recently returned from both Hiroshima and Nagasaki where he met the volunteers from Green Legacy Hiroshima who collect the seeds and send them as ambassadors of peace around the world.

Jim will share images of the survivor trees and the story of how they miraculously survived the atomic destruction unleashed on their cities at the end of World War II. He’ll also share how these trees have become important symbols of hope to the humans who lived through the bombing and to Oregonians who have been dealing with their own catastrophes from World War II-era internments to recent wildfires and pandemics.

The presentation will take place in the Bill deWeese Classroom at Hoyt Arboretum’s Visitor Center. This event is free to the public and registration is not required.

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