Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:53 am
If you’re a Portland General Electric customer, and you switch to the PGE Paperless Bill option between now and April 15, 2014, you’ll reduce paper use, simplify your life, and help plant trees.
PGE will donate $1 to Friends of Trees for every customer who switches to paperless billing.
Please tell your friends, family and neighbors to visit PortlandGeneral.com/Paperless to make the switch – last year, we raised almost $5,000 this way!
Every PGE customer who switches to Paperless Bill by April 15th will help us raise money & save paper (photo courtesy of Treecology)
PGE will notify you by email each month when your bill is ready to view online. Past bills are stored online, too, for easy review. It’s simple, secure, and sustainable. You can also pay your bill online.
PGE has supported Friends of Trees for most of our 25 years. We are very thankful for their ongoing and generous support. This season, PGE is sponsoring four Saturday planting events in April in four cities: Salem (April 5), Portland & Beaverton (April 12) and Durham (April 19). You can join us as a volunteer at any of these events – find more information about them on our online calendar.
Thank you, PGE, for leaving a legacy with your generous support over the years. And, thank you for reducing paper use and supporting Friends of Trees.
Make the switch now! PortlandGeneral.com/Paperless
Posted on February 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm
By Jennifer Killian
Nearly 100 volunteers planted native trees and shrubs in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park in Eugene.
Last Saturday on a chilly but spring-like morning, Friends of Trees volunteers planted 240 native trees and shrubs in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. The the City of Eugene generously funded Friends of Trees’ work on this shrub pod project.
We were impressed to see nearly 100 volunteers attend our event, with a large representation from the University of Oregon.
The planting area was divided into 6 pods, designed by City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Natural Resources staff. Each pod had one Oregon white oak and 39 other trees and shrubs such as buckbrush, red-flowering currant, black hawthorn, Oregon grape and snowberry.
While many of the trees were given specific locations within the pods to ensure the best growing conditions, the remaining shrubs were laid out and planted by the volunteers themselves, who were delighted to contribute.
The site looks absolutely amazing and I encourage anyone to visit the area as it grows and thrives, knowing that the hard work and dedication of the City of Eugene, Friends of Trees staff and volunteers played a huge role in the success of this planting!
We continue to be awed and inspired by the work and dedication of our volunteers. Thanks to everyone who made the day such a success, including a donation from Track Town Pizza to help feed volunteers.
Posted on February 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm
By Brighton West
Friends of Trees has joined 37 other local non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups and unions in opposing the upcoming ballot initiative to remove control of the water and sewer bureaus from Portland City Council.
We do not believe that this will lower water rates (except maybe for the large industrial water users who are bankrolling the campaign).
We do believe that it will remove funding from green infrastructure projects like green streets and street tree planting. Please check out the website and join the Facebook group.
- Brighton West is Deputy Director of Friends of Trees
Posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:41 am
By Logan Lauvray
Do you enjoy gardening? Do you like being outside during the spring and summer? Are you interested in helping to increase habitat for our local pollinators? Become a Pollinator Plant Steward in Wilsonville and satisfy all of these interests!
Six years ago, Friends of Trees, the City of Wilsonville and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation partnered with the help of volunteers to plant pollinator friendly shrubs and flowers near the Wilsonville Community Garden. During the last five summers, Friends of Trees has maintained this area — and now we are ready for the next phase of this project.
Native long-horned bee on an aster (photo by Matthew Shepherd of the Xerces Society)
The City of Wilsonville and Friends of Trees are seeking five volunteers to adopt a portion of the pollinator hedgerow that we planted adjacent to the Wilsonville Community Garden. The hedgerow has a number of established native shrubs and flowers and we need volunteers to help with weeding and caring for the hedgerow during the spring and summer.
Pollinators play a vital role in the food we eat, the beverages we drink and many other products we use. The numbers of pollinators are declining, but we can help by providing nectar and pollen sources from native plants, flowers and trees and by cultivating pesticide-free landscapes.
Volunteers will be asked to attend a brief orientation, attend a volunteer planting event in the winter,and then commit to a minimum of three visits during the spring and summer to help with watering and weed removal.
Black-tailed Bumblebee (yes, they have rusty colored rumps!) on Redflower Currant (photo by Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society)
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Logan Lauvray at Friends of Trees at LoganL@FriendsofTrees.org or 503-467-2515.
We hope that you can join us to help our pollinators!
- Logan is the Green Space Initiative Program Manager