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Vianey Mohr on why she loves volunteering with Friends of Trees

Vianey was supposed to be an assistant crew leader at her very first planting event. As fate would have it, she would have to step into the crew leader role right away.

“I thought, OMG, how am I going to do this,” Vianey says. “But all the volunteers were so nice and supportive.” Originally from Mexico, Vianey has lived in Salem for 12 years. She speaks English as a second language, and was worried about communicating with her crew. Between her crew leader training and the support of her crewmates, everything went great.

“Trees give me confidence. I proved to myself that I can do it,” Vianey says. “I don’t have to be scared to communicate.”

Vianey’s love of trees brought her to Friends of Trees. She has the equivalent of a bachelor’s in forestry from her education in Mexico, and she is volunteering with Friends of Trees as part of her Cooperative Work Experience. “As an immigrant, you never know if you can continue your career,” Vianey says. “I’m so happy I am able to continue mine here.”

Vianey has stepped into a variety of roles with Friends of Trees, leading crews at events, helping at pruning workshops, even delivering trees with our staff. She’s learned the details of planning and preparation that go beyond planting trees. Still, planting is her favorite part.

“I really like the feeling of dirt on my hands. It’s my connection to the planet.”

Vianey wants to share that connection with her family. Whenever she can, she brings her husband and children to planting events. With her love of trees, care for the planet, and connection to community, Vianey truly exemplifies the spirit of Friends of Trees.

Learn more about Vianey!

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Our 22-year partnership continues to grow!

Our thriving partnership with the City of Vancouver shows how committed the city is to trees and community. Since we started planting in Vancouver in 2001, we have worked with their Urban Forestry team to grow tree counts and volunteer engagement. With our new contract, the partnership has grown from 400 trees planted each season to up to 700 trees, and from 200 trees pruned to 300.

“It’s great to work with a city that’s investing in trees to be proactive about climate change,” says Neighborhood Trees Senior Specialist Ian Bonham. “More investment means more results.”

“We appreciate the Friends of Trees model of working with volunteers to grow the knowledge base.

Jessica George, the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Outreach Coordinator

On February 25th, Friends of Trees will host its biggest neighborhood planting event of the season in West Vancouver. 20 crews of volunteers will plant 200 trees toward the season’s goal of more than 600 new trees planted in Vancouver. We still have room for volunteers if you want to sign up!

Learn more about our work with Vancouver!

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Considering Natives and Climate Adapted Non-natives

We invite you to consider the cascara (Frangula purshiana), a tree native to the Pacific Northwest. It has pretty autumn colors, does well in both shade and sun, and is a great backyard habitat tree, with small berries that attract native and migrating birds. This low-maintenance tree is a wonderful native option for your street or yard, and we still have plenty available in our tree store this season!

We’re big fans of native trees at Friends of Trees. It’s important to steward native plants as food and shelter for native animals, and in so many instances, natives are the right choice when you’re looking to put the right tree in the right place.

“There’s always a place for native trees in our hearts and in our gardens, but there’s also a place for non-native, locally hardy trees in the urban environment.”

-Neighborhood Trees Senior Specialist Andrew Land

One such non-native is the swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor, shout out to our Year of the Oak), which is native to eastern North America and one of our favorite oaks. It turns out that trees well-suited to swamps also do really well in urban environments, because their roots are accustomed to anaerobic conditions.

Learn more about how the right tree, right place ethos is complicated by urban environments and climate change.

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You can still get a tree this season — and so can your neighbor!

We’ve had an incredible planting season so far and have met so many treecipients in Eugene and Springfield. Folks are so excited to have a new tree growing in their yard and that excitement is contagious! It’s not too late to join in this season and sign up for your own tree. We have plenty of trees that could be your new street or yard tree.

Trees are great for homeowners—they provide shade, attract wildlife, and beautify your property. Your tree is also great for your neighbors, providing clean air, slowing traffic, creating habitat for pollinators. Let your excitement spread and let your neighbors know that they can get themselves a tree too!

“We want to get as many trees planted as we can before the season ends,” says Eugene Director Erik Burke. “Now’s the time to sign up for your new tree, and spread the word!”

To sign up for a tree, visit our website. The tree list will be catered to your site, and we are happy to discuss options with you. If you’re worried about cost, we do offer reduced rates, no questions asked. Our planting season lasts into April.

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It’s our 34th season of planting and caring for trees – JOIN US!

Get outside this winter! We still have plenty of planting events left this season. Whether it’s in a neighborhood or natural area, we would love your help building community with trees. It’s a great way to take climate action, and as a volunteer named Caela puts it, planting trees is the “best reason in the world to wear rubber pants and play in the mud!”

Here are some upcoming volunteer events:

  • February 18, Neighborhood planting, Wilsonville
  • February 25, Neighborhood planting, West Vancouver, WA
  • March 4, Natural area planting, Mitchell Creek, SE Portland

We have plenty of other events going on as we continue our busy planting season! General volunteers: register here for Portland Metro area events, and check out the Eugene event calendar here. We can’t wait to plant trees with you!

Crew Leaders and Assistants—watch your inbox for Crew Leader News on the first of the month! Trained Crew Leaders sign-up for events here.

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Show love for your tree with a Friends of Trees yard sign!

Do you have a tree from Friends of Trees in your yard or planting strip? We want to celebrate your tree and the benefits it provides with a beautiful yard sign! We want people to know how important trees are to their communities, and to see the impact that Friends of Trees and its supporters have made throughout western Oregon and southwest Washington. Visit here to learn more and get in touch.

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The #FriendsofTreesWay is planting trees—and so much more!

(503) 282-8846: Portland office

(541) 632-3683: Eugene office


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Learn more about how Friends of Trees greens our region + grows community through checking out other issues of Treemail here

October 2019

Vote YES for Natural Areas | Trees & Health in Gresham | It’s Give!Guide Season!

September 2019

A word from our volunteers | Get to know yard trees | Crew Leaders have the most fun

Summer 2019

Friends of Trees at the Door | Get to Know our Partner: PGE

June 2019

Planting Trees, Fighting Climate Change | Get to Know Friends of Trees’ Post-Planting Work

May 2019

Vote for Trees | Meet our Awardees

April 2019

Urban Forestry Intern Program moving forward | Get to know our partnership with the City of Vancouver

March 2019

Asociación para empleos y oportunidades en Verde ~ Partnering for jobs & opportunities with Verde |  FOTreevia fun

February 2019

Green Space Program is natural area restoration and so much more | FOT gear is here!

January 2019

30 Years of Trees + Community | Get to Know Our Neighborhood Trees Program

December 2018

Celebrating trees + community | Get to Know Evergreens

November 2018

Training Future Urban Foresters | Get To Know Our Partner: The City of Wilsonville

October 2018

Celebrating 15,000 trees with the Blazers and Daimler | Get to know our partner: AWS Elemental

September 2018

Welcome to our 30th season of planting trees + growing community | Get to Know our Partner: City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Summer 2018

56,000 trees & native shrubs planted by 7,000+ volunteers in a record-breaking season | Get To Know Our Summer Inspector Program

May 2018

Senator Merkley Honors Trees + Community | Mary Harrell receives Oregon Community Trees Award | Get to Know Our Awardees

April 2018

Arbor Day, Earth Day: Celebrating trees + community | Get to know our partners: Daimler Trucks North America, Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks

March 2018

Our first bilingual planting ~ El Primer Evento Bilingüe de Plantar árboles de Friends of Trees | Get to know our partner: Sandy River Watershed Council

February 2018

Trees & Health | Pints Plant Trees … and more!

January 2018

Improving Habitat in an Urban Oasis | Get to Know REI

December 2017

Fighting Climate Change Every Day: 15,000 trees and native shrubs planted so far this season

November 2017

Growing the next Tree Team generation | Get to Know our Partnership with David Douglas High School

October 2017

Greening Roadways, Increasing Livability | Get to Know our Eugene Office

September 2017

You CAN make a difference: Plant trees with us! | Get to know our Crew Leaders

June 2017

54,000 Trees Planted | Burritos Plant Trees

May 2017

Community Partners Honored | Summer is for Tree Care

April 2017

A Grove for Grimm | Get to know our partners: Whole Foods Market

March 2017

Grove of States is Restored | Get to know our partners: the Jade Greening Project

February 2017

Industry, nonprofit, education & government come together to plant trees

December 2016

13,00 trees, 2,500 volunteers … and more to come: how the planting season is going so far