Update on planting events and tree orders

Friends of Trees is taking our region’s “Stay at Home” orders very seriously and as a result we have decided to stop all tree planting efforts for the time being. This means that in addition to canceling all events through April (stay tuned for updates about May tree care events), if you ordered a street or yard tree we will not be out to plant your tree(s) in the foreseeable future and, unfortunately, we cannot tell you when we will be out to plant your tree(s). We are closely following all updates related to this pandemic and are taking all the safe and necessary precautions. We will update you as soon as we have more information to share. Please email us with any questions about the tree you ordered.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, and ask for your understanding. Tree planting in the near-term is important to this world. It is not more important than our immediate and collective human health.

Because we love you, events through March are canceled

 

March 13, 2020

 

Dear Friends of Trees family,

Because we love you and we want to do our part to diminish the risk of COVID-19 in our community, we are making adjustments to the remainder of our planting season events. Tree planting in the near-term is important to this world; it is not more important than our immediate human health. Currently, all Friends of Trees events in the month of March are canceled. We will let you know about April and beyond when we know.

As we take into account the recommendations of health professionals, we’re asking for your understanding as we reserve the right to continue to change and cancel our events. Please check our online events calendar for the latest information about the status of Friends of Trees events.

The Friends of Trees office is closed to the public through the rest of the month. Staff will work on-site, in the field, or remotely as much as possible, but in the interest of everyone’s health we ask that you not visit our office this month. We’ll keep you posted about April and beyond. If you need to reach us email will be the most effective (it’s not always possible to check our voicemail remotely), you can find a staff directory here; please be patient as it may take a little extra time to get back to you.

Meanwhile, we’re still planting trees. Using a variety of methods and with a variety of partners, as long as it’s OK to do so we will be out there planting trees. It will be hard, and it won’t be nearly as fun as when you’re with us, but, well, it’s what we do and we’ll keep doing it as long as we can.

If you are registered to have a street or yard tree planted at your property, rest assured, your tree/s will be planted. It may not be on the date we planned, nor will it be planted with a team of your neighbors (at least in March), but your tree will be planted. Unfortunately we cannot tell you exactly when your tree will be planted, but don’t be surprised if one day you look out your window and you see a couple of us with shovels. Go ahead and wave. We’ll wave back.

This is all uncharted territory so thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this together.

Take care and stay healthy,

Whitney Dorer
Interim Executive Director

P.S. Interested in just exactly what we’ll be up to this month? Check out our social media channels! Visit us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

A lot of trees and tree stories – 16,000+ trees planted so far this season!

“It was an amazing day, perfect weather, awesome people and healthy trees! Couldn’t ask for a better planting day, truly.” Alex, volunteer tree planter (above photo taken at our Gresham planting event)

So far in our 2019-20 planting season we’ve planted more than 16,000 trees and native shrubs! Here are some highlights from some amazing days this season:

 

Neighborhood Trees Program: 820 trees planted

“It was wonderful to plant in our neighborhood! I look forward to checking up on all of our trees over the next few years.” -Neighborhood Trees volunteer planter

820 street and yard trees have been planted at nine events so far this season. 900 volunteers turned out to plant trees in Portland, Eugene, Vancouver, Oregon City, Beaverton, and Clark County, WA. (above photo from our November planting in Vancouver)

Green Space Program: 15,800 trees planted

“The team created a warm and welcoming environment. It was a lovely event that we truly enjoyed!” -Green Space planting volunteer
15,800 trees and shrubs have been planted in natural areas at 16 events since October. 1,000 volunteers turned out for restoration events in Eugene, Hillsboro, Troutdale, Tigard, Salem, Tualatin, Gresham, Cornelius, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville. (above photo taken at our Cornelius event in November)

Thank you for celebrating 30 years of trees + community with us!

We had such a wonderful time celebrating 30 years of trees + community with so many amazing friends and partners at our October 2nd party! We can’t express how much gratitude we have for your continued support, we are truly moved by the way you showed up to celebrate this milestone with us. Thank you!

A special shout out to our event sponsors Portland General ElectricPort of PortlandDaimler Trucks North AmericaDossierNew Seasons MarketBartlett Tree Experts – Clackamas, ORColumbia BankJ. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.Wells Fargo AdvisorsGather ResaleZach Putnam ProductionsRigert Shade Trees and in-kind donors 2 Towns CiderhouseMahonia Vineyard and Breakside Brewery.

Enjoy the below photos from the event, with even more here.

Thank you again to everyone — party guests, volunteers, donors, partners — who help us, in so many ways, celebrate 30 years of planting trees + growing community – we can’t do it without you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate 30 years of trees + community with us!

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF TREES + COMMUNITY
a fundraiser for Friends of Trees

Wednesday, October 2
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
after-party 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with live music from the Bayou Boyz

Village Ballroom
704 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
Reception style | Hosted food & drinks | Door prizes

Tickets: $100 each, includes:

  • Beer, wine, cider, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Dinner buffet includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options
  • After-party 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with live music from the Bayou Boyz
  • Please note that flights of stairs are required to access this venue

Questions? Please contact Kathy Armstrong at (503)467-2512 or via email.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

Thank you to our sponsors!