Get to Know our pruning program – 2,000 trees pruned this season!

Pruning trees contributes to a more equitable community. Or, more accurately, pruning trees at no cost contributes to a more equitable, livable community.

 How? We’ve learned that a major barrier to many households getting a street tree is the cost of maintaining the tree. Pruning can be very expensive, and it gets more expensive as the tree ages and grows if problems are not addressed early. Properly pruning a tree when young is an excellent investment and can delay or even prevent future expenses, making a tree more affordable. Pruning young trees at no cost by trained Friends of Trees volunteers is one important way to help get more trees into more neighborhoods, especially under-served, low-income communities which are often communities of color impacted by systemic disparities.  That is exactly why Friends of Trees is focusing efforts on specifically those communities who will benefit the most.

Our pruning program also benefits youth. While we are pruning trees we are also training young people to prune. Through partnerships with organizations like Rosemary Anderson HS POIC, student interns in our pruning program earn an hourly stipend while building valuable job skills. Pruning skills can be developed and honed in preparation for becoming an ISA-certified arborist – a very solid living with excellent job security. Added bonus: Exposing young people to the benefits of trees and tree care contributes to a greater appreciation of trees and nature, helping to grow the next generation’s Tree Team.

Pruning = longer lived, healthier trees = healthier planet + people. The benefits of trees—oxygen creation, pollution and stormwater absorption, healthier humans (DYK that trees help combat cardiac and respiratory ailments and can even contribute to increased birthweights?), and so much more—increase exponentially as trees grow and age. And the earlier a tree is properly pruned, the greater the chance it will grow to a ripe old age benefitting neighborhoods and the planet for generations to come.

Pruning for structure (shape) and clearance (sidewalks and streets) is the primary way to steward and care for a tree post-establishment. Proper pruning contributes to the long-term health of the tree, while lack of pruning, or pruning incorrectly, will contribute to the premature demise of the tree.  Pruning in the built environment (as opposed to a natural setting) is also key to preventing tree-related damage following inclement weather.

There’s another reason pruning young trees is better: It’s easier for the tree to recover from pruning when it’s young than it is when the tree is more mature (trees have to “recover” after any sort of pruning, good or bad, it’s just far more efficient for them to recover from careful “surgery” by a trained pruner as opposed to “natural” pruning by snow/ice + wind). When pruned, a tree immediately gets to work “sealing” the cut, working to close off the wound.

When pruning young trees, we have the opportunity to make a 5-cent cut today to prevent the need for a $100 cut 20 years down the road (or, so the saying kind of goes ;).  Not only is it more cost-effective to properly prune young trees, the larger the pruning cut (because the limbs are larger), the longer it takes the tree to recover. A tree can quickly seal and move beyond a ¼” cut made with hand pruners, but it may takes years to recover from an 8” diameter cut made with a chainsaw (and it may never recover at all). BTW, trees don’t actually “heal,” they seal or compartmentalize and – once recovered – they then grow more vigorously.

With all the benefits of pruning it’s a good thing our pruning program is so popular with volunteers (100+ pruning volunteers every year!), since volunteer-power is the only way we’ll be able to prune 2,000 trees this season. Pruning is especially popular right now as it’s pretty pandemic-resistant: pruning is not a large group activity and it takes place 100% outdoors. In fact, it’s because of COVID that this will be the biggest pruning season yet, with a 40% increase in trees pruned over last season! BTW, we’ll prune any young street tree in our service area (6” diameter or smaller), not just the trees we plant – all at no cost (thanks in large part to our partners at City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services).

Pruning trees properly contributes to the health of the tree and to those who live under its canopy. We of course want the trees we plant to grow and thrive, and proper pruning when young is key to tree health, so pruning is an important part of our Neighborhood Trees program. Need more information? Visit our tree resources page for more information about tree care and the benefits of trees. Ready for a tree of your own? Get started here!

Photo: Youth interns learning to prune, part of our Rosemary Anderson High School/POIC partnership; August 2020.

Trees for sale – at a great price!

 

We have some trees for sale – at prices far below retail!

Most of the trees for sale are in containers and are a good size. Conifer trees are at least 5 feet tall; all other trees for sale are 8.5 feet tall with 1.5 inch caliper trunks.

Trees are  $75 each, less than wholesale and far less than retail pricing.

Selection is limited and includes a few bigleaf maples, a few types of dogwoods, Persian ironwoods, elms, hornbeams, crabapples, and five different types of oaks. We cannot guarantee this selection so act fast if you’re interested.

Due to social distancing do not come to the office before contacting Gustavo about the purchase process.

Here are the steps to purchase a tree:

  1. Email Gustavo at FOT@friendsoftrees.org and put Tree Sale in your subject line.
  2. Gustavo will let you know what is available, will take your order, and give you payment instructions. Please note: payment must be with a credit card through our website, Gustavo will let you know how to make the purchase.
  3. Trees will be available for pick up beginning Monday, May 11. We cannot reserve a tree for you until you connect with Gustavo and payment is confirmed.
  4. Once your payment is confirmed Gustavo will let you know when you can pick up your tree at our office at 3117 NE MLK Blvd, Portland, and what that process will be. Delivery is not available.

Please direct all questions to Gustavo. And please note that the above and left photos are not of the actual trees for sale, but they are similar in size and will actually have leaves.

You can find tree care information here.

Thanks for planting trees and be sure to water your new tree 15 gallons a week through October! 

April 22 Earth Day Party with the Tree Team – it’s virtual!

In honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary Friends of Trees is hosting a virtual, day-long celebration on our social media channels – it’s the virtual EARTH DAY PARTY WITH THE TREE TEAM! Tune in on Wednesday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m. We’ll have Tree Talks, LIVE tree walks, and more! Here’s the schedule, and here’s the agenda for the virtual Earth Day party hosted by Friends of Trees Eugene!

TimeTopicWhere To Join
10:00Tree Talk: Friends of Trees Neighborhood Trees Specialist Andrew Lands talks about the European beech
Sponsored by J Frank Schmidt & Son
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10:30Tree Walk LIVE: Andrew (who has TONS of tree knowledge!) talks about his favorite tree – and more! – with Corporate & Business Relations Specialist Sam Erman
Sponsored by New Seasons Market
11:30Tree Talk LIVE with Timber Joey! That’s right, the Timbers’ beloved mascot Timber Joey will ask Sam his top tree questions. Not to be missed!
Sponsored by the Portland Timbers
NoonLunchtime Chat LIVE Learn about Friends of Trees’ EDI work and our Urban Forestry job training program. Sam joins Friends of Trees EDI Specialist Surabhi Mahajan for a Q & A.
Sponsored by Portland General Electric
1:30Tree Walk LIVE Sam Erman visits some trees & talks about some of the many benefits of trees
Sponsored by the Port of Portland
2:30Tree Talk Friends of Trees Green Space Specialist Hanna Dornhofer talks about the native Red flowering currant
Sponsored by Oregon Soap Company and Cafe Yumm
3:00Tree Walk LIVE Hanna is joined by Sam at a restoration site as they explore some of the native trees and shrubs we plant, and more!
Sponsored by Daimler Trucks North America / Portland Trail Blazers / Threes for Trees
4:30Tree Talk Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer visits some Giant sequoias
Sponsored by the Portland Timbers
5:00LIVE chat with Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer. Whitney shares what she loves about trees + community.
Sponsored by Portland General Electric
5:30We’ll recap Whitney’s chat  in case you missed it
Sponsored by Rigert Shade Trees

 

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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 !

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIMETOPICWHERE TO JOIN
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! 

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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

 

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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

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

> Sponsored by Rigert Shade Trees

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Thank you to our #EarthDay2020 sponsors!

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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)