Enjoy a pint at HUB, support Friends of Trees–all month long!

We know by now that it takes A LOT of beer to plant trees. And we also know that you’re probably thirsty. Hopworks Urban Brewery can take care of that! All February, when you enjoy a cold frosty one at any Hopworks, Friends of Trees benefits because HUB is donating 1% of ALL PINT SALES to your fave trees + community org (hint: that’s us ?).

Visit HUB at these locations

BikeBar: 3947 N WilliamsPowell: 2944 SE PowellVancouver: 17707 SE Mill Plain

More about HUB’s Community Tap here.

You can plant some trees & quench your thirst at the same time – we like efficiency. THANK YOU HUB!

Yew: The tree that kicked cancer’s tail

Garrett (second from left) and his family, heads shaven in solidarity, pose for a picture just before his mom, Lynda, began chemotherapy treatment. She’s now cancer free.
Photo courtesy Garrett Staples.

Yew TreeThe yew tree has special meaning for Garrett Staples.

Along with early detection, the yew saved his mom Lynda’s life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

“It was such an aggressive cancer, if she had waited even a year, it would have been terminal.”

Yew trees are the source of one of the most potent breast cancer treatment drugs, paclitaxel, commonly known as Taxol.

Though most Taxol today is manufactured synthetically, it all goes back to a botanist pulling bark off of a yew in the Pacific Northwest woods in 1962 and taking it back to the lab.

Saturday about 20 yew trees will go in the ground at Murrayhill Park in Beaverton as we partner with Garrett’s company, PRiNK Technologies, to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All together Friends of Trees will plant about 300 yew trees this season, including around 90 this month in Beaverton and Forest Park. (View event calendar for more info and to come volunteer!)

Phone case
Since 2012 we’ve worked with Garrett to plant a tree for every smart phone case PRiNK Technologies sells. Here’s more information about becoming a Planting Partner with Friends of Trees.

PRiNK makes custom wood and bamboo smart phone cases locally in Portland (instead of in China). Since 2012, PRiNK has planted a tree with Friends of Trees for each case they sell. Yew trees are a natural choice for October.

“This was my mom’s idea,” Garrett says of planting yews. The slow-growing conifers are native to our own backyard forests and serve as a powerful symbol of breast cancer awareness.

After a rough couple of years, Garrett and his family are feeling thankful. Just days after his mom’s health was cleared, his father was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. After surgery two weeks ago, Garrett’s dad is now cancer-free as well.

This month we join Garrett in saluting the yew tree and all of the survivors who have braved its potent effects in their fight.

Nearly a quarter million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. For more information about self-screening and early breast cancer detection, you can visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.



Celebrate Arbor Day in Beaverton

Beaverton Arbor Day 2012
FOT's Jesse Batty with Mayor Denny Doyle, City Arborist Pat Hoff, & City Councilor Ian King at last year's Arbor Day celebration in Beaverton

By Greg Tudor

Join Friends of Trees, the City of Beaverton, and event sponsor Kaiser Permanente this Saturday, April 6, to celebrate Beaverton’s 19th year as a Tree City USA!

The City is turning a vacant lot into a mini-arboretum pocket park called “Wonderland Arboretum,” in a playful reference to the whimsically named streets in the surrounding neighborhood themed around Alice in Wonderland. The Arboretum will serve as a display for native trees that are appropriate for planting strips in Beaverton, with plaques marking all trees and describing their distinct features. Friends of Trees looks forward to watching this display garden take shape!

Saturday’s planting starts at 9:00 am. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8:45 am to register and have a snack before the planting begins. They’re also invited to stick around after the event for lunch, generously donated by Veggie Grill.

Need even more enticement to come? The City of Beaverton will give away native shrubs and trees, and Mayor Denny Doyle and City Council will be in attendance to mark this very special day. For more information about the planting and all of our spring activities, visit our online calendar.

–Tudor is Development Manager for Friends of Trees.