Giving Tuesday Now with the Eugene Tree Team

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!

TimeTopicWhere To Join
9:00Welcome to Giving Tuesday Now with the Tree Team
with Whitney Dorer, Interim Executive Director
10:00About the Neighborhood Trees Program
with Whitney Dorer
10:30Tree Talk video: Oregon myrtle
with Erik Burke, Eugene Director
12:00About the Volunteer & Outreach Program
Taylor Glass, Volunteer and Planting Specialist
1:00LIVE: Taylor chats with Becca Snowdale about the volunteer program
2:00About the Green Space Program
Becca Snowdale, Volunteer and Planting Specialist
2:30Tree Talk video: Pacific madrone
with Becca Snowdale
3:00Tree Walk: Neighborhood Trees
with Erik Burke
5:00Why trees, why community
Video message from Whitney
5:30Tree Talk video: Cherry tree
Oliver, the youngest Tree Team planter

Earth Day Party with the Eugene Tree Team – it’s virtual!

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 !







10:00Tree Talk: Learn about the evergreen conifer, Cunninghamia!                 


10:30Tree Walk LIVE: Volunteer & Planting Specialist Taylor Glass chats about our Summer Inspector volunteer programInstagram
NoonLunchtime Chat LIVE Taylor is joined by Friends of Trees Eugene Metro Director Erik Burke for a Q & A.Instagram
2:30Tree Talk: Learn about one of our office’s favorite natives, Pacific madrone! 


3:00Tree Walk LIVE Erik visits some trees around our office & talks about our Trees for Concrete programInstagram
4:30 *Tree Talk Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer visits some giant sequoias

> Sponsored by the Portland Timbers



5:00 *LIVE chat with Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer. Whitney shares what she loves about trees + community.

> Sponsored by Portland General Electric

5:30 *We’ll recap Whitney’s chat in case you missed it

> Sponsored by Rigert Shade Trees



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Facebook: FOT Eugene

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Instagram: FOT Eugene


Thank you to our #EarthDay2020 sponsors!

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Celebrate trees in April

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.

Here are some great ways to join local individuals, businesses, and teams in ramping up support for trees this month. (Every day in April is a Friends of Trees Day!)
  • 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!
  • Save your shopping for April 9, when Whole Foods will donate 5 percent of sales!
    Save your shopping for April 9, when Whole Foods will donate 5 percent of sales!

    Thursday, April 9After you shop, join us for a community nature walk to discuss the trees of the Boise-Eliot neighborhood of Portland.

  • Saturday, April 11Head 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.
  • Root for the Portland Timbers! For each goal the team scores, a tree is planted with Friends of Trees (happening all season).
  • 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.
  • Grab a pint (or a t-shirt) and support Friends of Trees with the Tree Line Pale Ale from Falling Sky Brewing! (photo: Falling Sky Brewing)
    Grab a pint (or a t-shirt) and support Friends of Trees with the Tree Line Pale Ale from Falling Sky Brewing in Eugene! (photo: Falling Sky Brewing)

    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: 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 AprilWoodlawn’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!




Ninkasi fuels first bike planting of the season in Eugene

By Jennifer Killian
Eugene Volunteer Program Coordinator

Bike planting in Eugene
Rain didn’t slow our teams down during the first bike planting of the season in Eugene.          Photo: Emma Newman

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.

Eugene volunteers
Cheers to a great planting! Thanks Ninkasi! Photo: Jennifer Killian

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!

A huge thank you goes to to Ninkasi Brewing for sponsoring this great planting, to KIND for providing healthy snacks, and Track Town Pizza for their generous pizza donations during the social!



Volunteers depave and plant in Eugene!

By Jennifer Killian

Some of the heaviest concrete we saw that day! Photo: James Rexroad

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.

You make it look so easy! Lifting concrete with pry bars. Photo: James Rexroad

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