Neighborhood Trees Crew Leader Training in Sellwood – Westmoreland and Brooklyn

NT CL Training: 11.21.09, Sellwood & Brooklyn
Friends of Trees staffer Elizabeth Elbel describes proper planting depth to the crew leader trainees. (FOT file)

By Whitney Dorer

Each year, the Neighborhood Trees program starts the planting season off with a training for new crew leaders coupled with a planting in the neighborhoods of Sellwood-Westmoreland and Brooklyn.  Last Saturday, it was a full house with over 50 volunteers learning what it means to be a crew leader.  These individuals will teach homeowners and other volunteers how to plant trees, talk about the urban forest, all while building community in our neighborhoods.

NT CL Training: 11.21.09, Sellwood & Brooklyn
(FOT file)

The morning was filled with presentations from staff and partners such as the City of Portland’s Grey to Green Initiative, Bureau of Environmental Services, and long term volunteers.  Volunteers filled up on soup and topped off their cups of coffee before heading out to plant 121 street and yard trees.

Among the large array of trees were the Cascara, Grace Smoketree, Magnolia ‘ Butterflies’ and the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon.  Each tree is now happily planted and tagged – so take a trip down to Sellwood – Westmoreland and Brooklyn and check them out!

Whitney is the Neighborhood Trees Manager and can be reached at or 503-282-8846 ext. 21.