In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope: together we can do extraordinary things. Friends of Trees knows this so well since that’s what we do: We plant trees. Together. And to keep doing that, to ensure trees + community are in our future, we need your help – can we count on you, if you are able, to donate to Friends of Trees Eugene today? Not only will donations plant trees + grow community, the first $1,250 will be matched by our good friends at Journey Tree Financial – thank you!
Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.
Friends of Trees Eugene is part of #GivingTuesdayNow and we invite you to join us. Giving Tuesday Now with the Eugene Tree Team is a virtual, day-long social media event featuring Tree Talks, LIVE tree walks, and more!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with the Eugene Tree Team – virtually!
We’ll have tree talks and LIVE tree walks + talks on our Facebook and Instagram channels, and we’ll share some of the Portland Tree Team’s events, too! Join us for #EarthDay2020 !
Thank you to our #EarthDay2020 sponsors!
Happy tree month! National Arbor Day is April 24, while Oregon sets aside the first full week of April to celebrate trees, Washington celebrates on April 8, and Portland sets aside the entire month.
- Saturday, April 4: If you’re craving forests and open spaces, you can join us to replant a beautiful tributary to the Clackamas River as part of our Rock Creek Partnership with with SOLVE and the Clackamas River Basin Council, or head out to Forest Grove for a planting at beautiful Fernhill Wetlands.
- Wednesday, April 8: Celebrate Arbor Day in Vancouver at Marshall Community Park, when the city will commemorate 26 years as a Tree City USA, a national designation for excellence in urban forestry.
- Thursday, April 9: Save your grocery shopping for this day when Whole Foods Market will donate 5 percent of sales from all eight Portland-area stores to Friends of Trees!
Thursday, April 9: After you shop, join us for a community nature walk to discuss the trees of the Boise-Eliot neighborhood of Portland.
- Friday, April 10: Get a squirrels-eye view of downtown Portland’s trees by taking a free bucket truck ride in the SW Park Blocks with the City of Portland Urban Forestry division.
- Saturday, April 11: Head to the Portland Arbor Day Festival at the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University and hear why Portland will once again be honored as a Tree City USA.
- Saturday, April 11: Join other volunteers to mulch and care for for recently planted trees at Kelly Butte Natural Area, or volunteer to plant trees in Tigard at Cook Park.
- Root for the Portland Timbers! For each goal the team scores, a tree is planted with Friends of Trees (happening all season).
- Monday, April 13: Join Oregon City to celebrate Arbor Day as we plant trees at Eastham School.
- Whole month: While you’re at it, you can support trees at the register of the adidas Timbers Team Store at Providence Park.
- Wednesday, April 15: Join Friends of Trees’ staff on a community tree walk in the Lents neighborhood of Portland.
Whole month: Stay at one of the three Provenance Hotels in Portland — Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe and the Sentinel — and they’ll match your $5 donation to Friends of Trees.
- Saturday, April 18: Snag a FREE fruit tree for your yard at Friends of Trees’ annual Fruit Tree Giveaway.
- Saturday, April 18: Help us plant and care for trees to restore the wide open forests and wetlands of the Sandy River Delta Park in Troutdale.
- April 22-28: For all you knitting nuts, Knit Purl will donate 10 percent of proceeds from featured Earth-friendly products to Friends of Trees!
- April 25: Volunteer to help mulch young trees and shrubs at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood.
- April 25: Join Friends of Trees staff on a community tree walk in the Portsmouth neighborhood of Portland.
- Grab a pint of the Tree Line Pale Ale from Falling Sky Brewing Company in Eugene and the brewery will donate $1 to Friends of Trees – and they’ll donate $5 for every t-shirt they sell.
- Cheer for the Portland Trail Blazers—they’re planting three trees for each three-pointer scored through “Threes for Trees,” a partnership of the Trail Blazers, Daimler Trucks and Friends of Trees (happening all season long).
- Wednesdays in April: Woodlawn’s Be Here Now Yoga will donate proceeds from its noon Vinyasa for a Cause class to plant more trees!
- First week of April and May: 50% of the proceeds from the first week of classes at Sarita Vasquez Yoga will go to Friends of Trees!
We hope to see you this month, and thank you!
By Jennifer Killian
Eugene Volunteer Program Coordinator
What a great day! Despite the rain (or maybe because of it), more than 70 volunteers had a great time planting in the Whiteaker and South Eugene Neighborhoods this past Saturday. Volunteers planted 26 street and 12 yard trees including Big Leaf Maple, Black Tupelo, Oregon White Oak, and California Black Oak, as well as a variety of fruit trees in yards. Ninkasi Brewing, which sponsored the event, will plant two trees at their tasting room.
We were also excited to host our first plant-by-bike event of the season in Eugene! Bike trailers were provided from Sperry Tree Care, CAT (Center for Appropriate Transport), and the UO Outdoor Program. Three bike teams hauled trees, tools, and mulch around the neighborhoods.
After the planting, crews joined and celebrated with a mid-season appreciation social hosted by Ninkasi, which provided refreshing beer for the volunteers! Track Town Pizza supplied some delicious pizza as well. Thanks to all who came out!
By Jennifer Killian
Last Saturday, Friends of Trees partnered with Lane Transit District to create room for new trees by removing over 22 tons of concrete in our season kickoff event! It was a chilly start to the beautiful clear autumn morning as eager volunteers gathered around the Friends of Trees canopy, gazing at a street that was about to be completely transformed. In three hours, more than 45 volunteers removed over 45,000 lbs of concrete, tilled the soil to prepare it for planting, and cleaned up the worksite. Volunteers also assisted members of the community who came and hauled the concrete away by the truckload for their own home and garden projects. Happily, 100 percent of the concrete squares were recycled! This week, additional soil will be added to the tree wells. On December 6, Friends of Trees volunteers will plant more than 50 trees in the area, including the eight trees on Almaden. With support from LTD, this year FOT is making a special effort to increase tree canopy in the low canopy section between 5th and 8th Avenues and Garfield and Chambers Streets in Eugene.
The depave project marked the beginning of FOT’s efforts to increase tree canopy west of downtown Eugene. In addition to the December planting, later plantings in Whiteaker and Jefferson Westside neighborhoods will also increase canopy in this high-need area. Most of the trees will be planted at sites with wide planting strips, no overhead lines, and river loam soil, so the trees can be large and long-lived to provide community benefits for years. This past summer, FOT staff scouted the area between 5th and 8th Avenues for sites with wide planting strips and opportunities for concrete removal. The Almaden Street site was ideal, and the adjoining property owners were very supportive. With help and permission from the City of Eugene, FOT staff marked seven large sections of sidewalk for concrete removal. The wells were then cut by American Concrete Cutting into 732 individual 12-by-12-inch sections that ranged in thickness from 3 to 7 inches. At FOT’s Saturday event, volunteers used pry bars and some serious muscles to carefully lift each piece of concrete from the well.
This project could not have been completed without the generous funding and support of Lane Transit District. Friend of Trees would also like to sincerely thank Depave for the use of their tools and advice. Additionally, a huge thank you goes out to Lane Forest Products, Buck’s Sanitary Service, New Day Bakery, and James Rexroad Photography for discounted products and services. Of course, a very special thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who came out that day. We couldn’t do this great work without you!
– Jennifer is the Volunteer & Neighborhood Trees Specialist with Friends of Trees in Eugene