About Us


 

Friends of Trees empowers people to improve the natural world around them through a simple solution: Planting Trees. Together.

Friends of Trees is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our mission: to inspire community stewardship of our urban forest by bringing people together to plant and care for urban trees and natural areas.

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We're growing healthy communities.

Friends of Trees was founded in 1989 by a local community member who loved trees and started planting them in Portland neighborhoods. Today, Friends of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers. Friends of Trees greens our region while building community.

Since Friends of Trees was founded by Richard Seidman in 1989, we have planted 600,000+ trees and native plants in 120+ neighborhoods in six counties across two states.

By the numbers! Howe many volunteers plants how many trees with us? Find out in our Impact Report.

 

 What We Do


 

 

 

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Planting street trees in Vancouver, Washington

Neighborhood Tree Plantings

Get a tree of your very own! We organize the planting event, deliver the trees, dig the holes, and make it affordable for all homeowners. We offer an incredible selection of city-approved trees, sourced from almost a dozen local wholesale tree farms. You'll receive an 6-foot tall tree, delivery, hole digging, planting assistance from neighborhood volunteers, mulch, stakes, and follow-up maintenance checks.

Tree planting volunteers simply sign up, show up dressed for the weather, and get to know the neighbors while greening the neighborhood and enjoying a potluck lunch afterward.

This year we're planting neighborhood trees in Portland, Vancouver, Oregon City, Salem, Eugene and Springfield.  If a planting is scheduled in your neighborhood, you can sign up to see a list of street trees or trees for your yard. You're never obligated to reserve or plant any trees. Signing up just makes it possible for us to have your planting strip measured and send you a list of recommended trees.

 

 

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Restoring green spaces (photo: Chijo Takeda)

Green Space Plantings

From the edge of the Columbia Gorge to the farmlands of Washington County, and into Marion County, our Green Space Program restores natural areas, increases habitat, improves watershed health, and plants trees in large quanitites (about 1,000 native trees and shrubs per planting!). When mature, these trees will create significant improvements to our region's air and water quality. 

The public volunteers at over 70 events annually in 12+ cities, with our Green Space Program, which maintains multi-year partnership with a variety of groups, including Clean Water Services, Oregon Department of Transportation, Metro, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Water and Environment Services, and City of Salem among others.

 

Summer InspectorTree Care & Maintenance

We water. We prune. We mulch. We visit and assess. We want all of our trees to survive and thrive, so we spend the summer months caring for the trees we plant.

All told, we care for and monitor more than 54,000 trees a year! We'll visit our newly planted neighborhood trees twice during their first summers, and we'll monitor our natural area trees for 10 years.

 

 

 

Restore habitatEngaging Community Volunteers

We bring people together. Inspiring our community members to plant, care for, and learn about trees is the keystone of our mission. We welcome individuals, families, and businesses throughout western Oregon and SW Washington to help restore and beautify our region.

Volunteering for a Saturday morning tree-planting is a great way to give back to the community and make a difference in a few short hours!  Groups of all sizes are welcome (companies, schools, churches, birthday parties, scouts, etc). 

Friends of Trees recognizes that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees.  As we work to remedy that, we strive to be a welcoming and safe place for everyone, regardless of age, ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, political views, or economic status.  Without our volunteers, we are nothing.  But together, we do amazing things.

We are always looking for more people to get involved with this work!  Please visit our Volunteer Page for the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities. We hope to work with you soon!

 

How do we do it?


 

 

Our work is possible with volunteer support and financial contributions from local municipalities, businesses, and individuals like you.

Friends of Trees is a member of the Alliance for Community TreesOregon Community Trees, and EarthShare Oregon. We meet all 20 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Standards for charities.

Learn more through our Annual Reports:

 

Oregon LCB #9233

IRS Tax ID #93-0999999

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