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Timbers goals will turn into trees Saturday

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:36 am
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83 special tags will hang on trees planted this weekend to commemorate the 83 goals the Timbers scored in all competition last season. It’s all part of our “Score a Goal, Plant a Tree” partnership with the Timbers. 
Photo: Portland Timbers

Members from the Portland Timbers roster will be out along with the Timbers Army Saturday to plant 135 trees in the Montavilla and Mt. Tabor neighborhoods. What a way to kick off Friends of Trees’ 2014-2015 neighborhood planting season in Portland!

The Timbers scored 83 goals in all competitions last season, and that means that 83 of the trees will get a special tag commemorating the “Score a Goal, Plant a Tree” partnership that we have with the team.

Montavilla has special meaning for the Timbers, because they dedicated a new community futsal field there in August—the Timbers Field at Montavilla Park. The project turned an underused, dilapidated tennis court to a beautiful new futsal arena using actual turf from the Timbers’ home field at Providence Park. It’s is a place where underserved youth can learn to play soccer, something they may not have had an opportunity to do otherwise.

Everyone is welcome to come out and Saturday and volunteer! Please show up at 12:15 p.m. at the meeting spot: Multnomah University, located at 8435 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97220 (map). From here, you’ll be assigned a crew and go out into the neighborhoods to plant! We provide the snacks, coffee, gloves and tools—you provide the muscle. Please wear weather-appropriate clothes and sturdy shoes.

“Score a Goal, Plant a Tree” is a partnership between Friends of Trees and the Portland Timbers that is made possible through the support of JELD-WEN Windows & Doors.

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The Timbers Field at Montavilla Park was unveiled last August—another huge investment in the community.
Photo: Oregonian

Through the club’s community outreach platform, Stand Together, the Timbers and Friends of Trees have planted more than 2,000 trees and shrubs since 2011 across Oregon and Southwest Washington, with the help of many volunteers.

These 2,000 trees absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 96,000 pounds a year, remove 360,000 pounds of pollutants each year and intercept 4,760,000 gallons of storm water runoff to keep local rivers clean.

Come to our beer release party!

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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Have you gotten a taste of the Friends of Trees Pale Ale in bottles yet? Here’s your chance to get a pint!

Join Ninkasi Brewing Company and Friends of Trees as we release/pour the first kegs of Friends of Trees Pale Ale!!!

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12, 6-11 p.m.
WHERE: Oregon Public House (700 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211)
and C Bar (2880 SE Gladstone St. Portland, OR 97211)

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Ninkasi is not only donating all of the profits from this beer back to Friends of Trees, but they’ll also donate $1 from every Friends of Trees Pale Ale pint purchased that day to Lance’s Room, an autism charity, as part of their regular Pints for a Cause night. There are many ways to give back!

We hope to see you at one of these locations, 6 p.m. to close. Cheers!


We're back in the Give!Guide, with even better prizes!

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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We’re pleased to be part of the Willamette Week Give!Guide for the sixth year in a row! This means you can get FREE tasty and fun prizes just for donating $10+ to Friends of Trees and our work to grow healthier communities!

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The Give!Guide is a year-end guide to local nonprofits. To date, it’s raised more than $9 million for hundreds of organizations!

Our goal? Top last year by raising $30,000 by December 31 so we can expand our 2015 planting programs into even more communities! We also have a title to defend: For the past several year’s we’ve also received the most Give!Guide donations from people under 35 in our environment category. So young people, let’s show Portland how much you care about trees! You can donate securely and see all of the rewards at

We have to say, the incentives this year are INSANE! Here’s what you get:

  • $10+ donation: 1 free scoop from Salt & Straw, 1 free taco from Por Que No?, 1 free cup of Stumptown coffee, 1 free cupcake from Palace Cakes, and 1 free slice from HOTLIPS Pizza + Soda (just for Friends of Trees donors).
  • $25+ donation: All of the above + a free beverage from Hopworks Urban Brewery (just for Friends of Trees donors).
  • $100+ donation: All of the above + a 4-pack of Hotlips Soda and enter to win a free pizza from Hotlips and six-person clinics at Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park (just for Friends of Trees donors).
  • See all the incentives and get your giving on!

Special thanks to the Willamette Week and to our business partners below!

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Help grow the forest at Sherwood’s Woodhaven park!

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm

It’s almost here! Our return to Sherwood’s Woodhaven Park (map) after 10 years! The Pacific madrone and other species we planted 10 years ago at the park are now huge—help us continue this important restoration work November 15 and leave a lasting legacy in a few short hours.

We need help planting hundreds of native trees and shrubs as part of a community restoration effort organized by Friends of Trees to expand the forest edge at this popular park in Sherwood.

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Join the fun!  Hope to see you at Woodhaven Park!

WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 8:45am – 1:00pm;

WHERE: Woodhaven Park – 23520 SW Pinehurst Dr, Sherwood 97140 (map);

WHAT: Plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs, expanding the forest edge and improving water quality, wildlife habitat, and storm water retention!

No experience needed to volunteer. Volunteers should arrive by 8:45 a.m. to sign-in, be assigned a crew, and enjoy some breakfast snacks and coffee/hot chocolate. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and weather-appropriate clothes. Gloves, tools, and planting guidance provided.  RSVPs kindly requested for groups of five or more HERE.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny or Ian in the Volunteer & Outreach Program, 503-595-0213. See you at Woodhaven!