56,000 trees & shrubs planted last season!
Our 2018 planting season was one for the record books! More than 7,000 volunteers donated 40,000 hours to plant 56,000 trees and native shrubs.
Picture this: 52 acres. 482 basketball courts. Or, 50 soccer fields. That’s what 56,000 trees can fill.*
Now picture $987,600. That’s the value of 40,000 volunteer hours.**
Here are some highlights from the 2017-18 planting season:
- Our first bilingual planting took place in the Sandy River Delta.
- Our second bilingual planting took place in NE Portland’s Cully neighborhood.
- In our Green Space Program (51,798 seedlings & native shrubs planted!), we had our first events in Salem’s new Minto Brown Island Park; we had our first planting in Cornelius; we hosted our second Touchdowns for Trees planting in Eugene-Springfield (Go Ducks!); and we didn’t have to cancel a single event (thank you Mother Nature!).
- The Neighborhood Trees Program (4,451 street & yard trees planted!) returned to Gresham after eight years; we worked with APANO to host Vietnamese and Chinese focus groups to address potential barriers to program participation; we have more Summer Inspectors in more neighborhoods doing more tree care checks than ever before; and we have a larger outreach staff than ever before, going door-to-door spreading the word about our program and helping folks get a tree of their own.
Our 2019 planting season begins in October and the calendar of volunteer planting eventswill be ready in September—we look forward to planting trees with you next season!
Want to read more? This article appeared in the summer edition of Treemail, our e-news, read more here.
* Rough estimates, based on a mid-range of 1,000 seedlings per acre for the seedlings used in our reforestation work, and somewhat less acreage for the larger street and yard trees we plant.
** The national value of a volunteer hour for 2018 is $24.69, per The Independent Sector.