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August 2022: Connection in the Green Workforce | Planting Calendar is Live! | Shift Your Energy Use

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Making Connections in the Green Workforce

The latest cohort of the Adult Urban Forestry & Restoration Training Program moves into their internships

Providing pathways into the green workforce is one of the ways we can help create the next generation of responsible stewards working in our urban forests. How do we do that? The first step is exposing people to roles they can have in this line of work, and doing it in an authentic way so that people really understand their options.

The Adult Urban Forestry & Restoration program recruits adults from community-based partner organizations to engage in an urban forestry curriculum and places them in an internship with Friends of Trees or an affiliated partner organization. The program is designed to engage underrepresented communities and address barriers to participation in the field of urban forestry. In an effort to do so, participants are paid for their time both learning and working throughout the program with the hope of creating pathways to actual jobs

The program just finished its ten-week curriculum, with each module featuring a different guest presenter and topic. Some things you would expect, like the benefits trees provide to communities, how to plant and care for a tree, and how to identify native plants. But the curriculum goes beyond that to include things like environmental justice and financial literacy.

“The goal was to expose people to roles they could have in the work, to speak freely to folks in the industry, and start building tangible skills and connections. I didn’t realize how powerful the connections would be.”

EDI & Workforce Training Manager Rudy Roquemore.

Now, the participants are starting their internships, with 100 hours to be completed over the next few months. The internships will be with Friends of Trees, Verde, Treecology, Honl Tree Care, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Vancouver Urban Forestry. The next cohort is set to begin in January 2023.

Learn about the Adult Urban Forestry & Restoration Program here!


Our Planting Season

Calendar is Live!

We can’t wait to kick off our 34th Planting Season this October!

Who’s ready to plant some trees!? We sure are. After a productive summer of planning, we are ready to dig in alongside all of our awesome volunteers. We’ve missed you! And we’re excited to announce that our planting event calendar is live!

Visit our event calendar and register!

Both groups and individuals are welcome: your help is needed! Sometimes our events fill up, so we recommend registering as soon as you’re able. The whole season’s calendar is up, so if you feel able to really plan ahead, go ahead and register for events in the winter and spring!

If you’re interested in stepping up your involvement and want to lead the public to plant trees in low-canopy parks and neighborhoods, you should be a Friends of Trees Crew Leader! Registration is open for our fall trainings. Learn more here.

Our Eugene-Springfield calendar is up to date with pruning events and Tree Walks, with planting events to be added in coming weeks!

Planting trees together

Shift Your Energy Use

PGE customers can make the shift to support Oregon’s clean energy future

When it comes to creating a clean energy future, when you use energy is as important as how you use it. Want a great way to save on your bill, support sustainable energy and be a friend of trees? PGE has made it easy for you to choose an energy shifting program that’s right for your home and your needs.

Take PGE’s good energy quiz to choose your energy shifting program. Sign up, shift your energy use away from peak times to start saving on your bill. You’ll be helping to protect our clean energy future and keep Oregon a great place for trees.

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Friends of Trees inspires people to improve the world around them through a simple solution: Planting Trees. Together.

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(541) 632-3683: Eugene office

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