Growth Rings

Dec. 10 plantings: Brentwood-Darlington et al STILL ON; Kelly Butte CANCELLED

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Hello tree-planters! The Saturday, Dec. 10 planting in the Brentwood-Darlington, Woodstock, Sellwood-Moreland, Eastmoreland neighborhoods (SE Portland)  is CONTINUING AS PLANNED. Details here.

However, the Kelly Butte planting is CANCELLED.

For those of you who brave the elements to join us this weekend, THANK YOU!

wishing you trees on earth & goodwill towards all

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm



There is always some good we can do. As part of the Friends of Trees community you have already done so much good for our neighborhoods and natural areas, for the planet and the people and creatures on it. Together, we will do even more.

Friends of Trees creates inclusive spaces for all community members, where we come together with open minds and open hearts to do some good. We plant trees, we improve our environment and, together, we grow healthy communities.

You are a vital part of the important work we do. I am so proud to be a part of such a welcoming community of supporters, neighbors and volunteers. It’s YOU who make it possible for thousands of volunteers to plant thousands of trees every year. The world needs more of you.

Friends of Trees will continue to provide meaningful experiences for all people to play a role in improving the world around us–through planting trees, together.

Thank you for helping us add more Trees on Earth,
Scott Fogarty
Executive Director




Posted on November 15, 2016 at 11:31 am

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(I) Allow more tree preservation and planting with residential infill. Make changes in the Residential Infill Project proposal in order to: allow automatic adjustment in front and rear lot line setbacks (for structures and parking areas) in order to preserve more trees in accordance with Title 11. Don’t force new homes to displace trees! Waive off-street parking requirements if they allow more tree preservation or planting on the development site or in the public right-of-way. Don’t require parking to displace trees! provide bonuses units in exchange for large healthy tree preservation.

(II) Make the Tree Code Citywide! Remove Title 11 tree code exemptions for commercial and industrial lands as part of the Recommended 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package. These Tree Code exemptions are no longer needed and thwart progress in expanding urban tree canopy where it is needed most. Portland falls the farthest short in achieving its urban tree canopy goals in commercial and industrial zones. These are the same districts of the city where urban heat island effect is the worse. City’s own Economic Opportunities Analysis shows Portland has a surplus of commercial land.

Send your comments to:
Mayor Hales:
Commissioner Fish:
Commissioner Novick:
Commissioner Fritz:
Commissioner Saltzman:
Planning & Sustainability Commission:

You can testify before City Council in support of (I) at 2pm on 11/16 and in support of (II) at 2pm on 11/17. Get there at 1pm to sign up if you can.  Stay tuned on how you can support action item (III).

Planting the Future in Salem

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Friends of Trees is gearing up for a massive season of trees in Salem and our first priority is to make sure that all trees have what they need to succeed. This means we need YOU! Yep, you! We are actively recruiting volunteers to be a part of our volunteer Crew Leader team in Salem to plant trees, teach others, play outside, and make a long-lasting contribution to Salem‘s urban forest and green landscape.

Crew Leader on planting date

Crew Leader, Christine (center), can’t help but smile while taking in the planting day awesomeness.

Friends of Trees offers top notch planting events that are fun and educational thanks to our volunteer Crew Leaders. Crew Leaders are trained in proper planting technique, basic tree health, and inclusive group facilitation styles. All Crew Leaders are expected to attend 3-4 Friends of Trees Saturday planting events during the planting season which runs October-April.

Two Crew Leaders check-in on their plant lists

A Crew Leader team checks their plant list before an event. Style points for the sun glasses!

Are you into trees? Into being outdoors? Meeting new people? Interested in turning Salem’s parks, neighborhoods, and natural areas into flourishing sanctuaries for all residents? If so, you could be a perfect volunteer for our Crew Leader team!

Salem Crew Leader training is on Saturday, October 22nd from 9am – 3pm. Training is free but registration is required. Breakfast treats and lunch are provided.

**Learn more and register for Salem Crew Leader Training by clicking here**

We encourage you to get in touch with us with any questions about Friends of Trees or Crew Leading:, 503-595-0213.