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Eugene Masonic Cemetery now accredited as an arboretum

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Part of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery as seen this past February.
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Shawn Walker of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association.

Earlier this year, we reported on the Eugene Masonic Cemetery applying to become an accredited arboretum. As of today, the association that overlooks the cemetery says that accreditation has been granted by ArbNet.

Shawn Walker is vice president of the board of directors of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association. He said this is great news for the community.

“We recognize many of the community members visit the cemetery because it is a unique urban forest in the middle of Eugene," he told KLCC. "It creates resources and opportunities for others to learn about the trees and the plant life within the cemetery, and we’re just pleased to be part of that community and be accredited as an arboretum.”

The new designation for this “forest museum” is The Arboretum at Eugene Masonic Cemetery.

The cemetery is already on the National Registry of Historic Places, and is the final resting place for many notable Oregonians, including the city’s namesake, Eugene Skinner, and the state’s first governor, John Whiteaker.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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