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Fall Crew Leader Training

Reserve your spot at Salem Crew Leader training! This training will teach you everything you need to know about how to plant trees, and how to teach others to plant trees. Following the training we ask that you attend 4 planting events of your choice, scheduled Nov-May in Salem parks and neighborhoods. Planting events are held on Saturday mornings, 9am-1pm. This is a fun way to learn about trees and leadership, meet new people, and make a difference!  Space is limited — sign-up for this free training soon!

“Do I need to have planted a tree before?” Nope. You also don’t need outdoor experience, or any fancy gear (just enough layers of clothes to stay warm and dry working outdoors). You simply need an interest in trees, and an interest in helping mentor others to plant them. FOT staff, arborists, and already trained Crew Leaders will teach you everything else you need to know!

What is the time commitment for this role?” In total, you are expected to commit ~20 hours (this includes an online training + 4 planting events, ~4 hrs each). The planting events are mostly on Saturday mornings and you’ll have dozens to choose from Nov-May.  We’ll send you a list of events you’re qualified for after after you complete the online training.

“What is the training like?” The online modules of the training can be taken from the comfort of your own home. The hands-on component to the training will be Sat, Oct 30th, 9am-1pm at the Salem Audubon Nature Reserve in West Salem.

Do you have any age requirements?” We ask that Crew Leaders are age 16 or older. Youth 15 and younger are welcome to become Crew Leaders but we ask that they have an adult with them for all their events.

What about Covid-19?” Safety is our highest priority at Friends of Trees. We’re holding an online training (rather than gathering in a classroom setting), and planting events are outdoors where we encourage maintenance of 6’+ of physical distance and encourage mask-wearing when that is not possible. Friends of Trees requires that all volunteers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine be fully vaccinated and willing to show proof at the event if asked. Volunteers not eligible for the vaccine (ie, youth under the age of 12 or highly immunocompromised folks over 12) are still welcome at the event and are highly encouraged to wear their mask for the entire event. Unfortunately, due to Covid we are not encouraging car pooling, it is highly recommend you have a personal vehicle when signing-up for this role. Please read more about our COVID-19 safety measures.

Let's plant trees together!

Help needed on Saturday mornings — plant trees and make a difference greening Salem! Everyone attending an event is required arrive wearing a face mask and keep 6′ of distance from others not in their own household. Friends of Trees will provide tools, physically-distanced guidance, and drinking water. Work gloves will be available to borrow, but if you prefer you’re welcome to bring your own.  Friends of Trees requires that all volunteers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine be fully vaccinated and willing to show proof at the event if asked. Volunteers not eligible for the vaccine (ie, youth under the age of 12 or highly immunocompromised folks over 12) are still welcome at the event and are highly encouraged to wear their mask for the entire event. For more information on safety protocol and other frequently asked questions, please read our COVID-19 & FAQ page.

Events are held Saturday mornings (9am – 1pm) from November – May — your help needed! Planting with Friends of Trees is a great way to get outside with your friends or family (or by yourself!), learn how to plant trees, meet people, fulfill service learning requirements, and help make the Salem area greener and healthier—all in a few short hours.

Register to save your place via the Online Planting Calendar

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Volunteer as a group!

Friends of Trees welcomes groups to volunteer together at our planting events! Planting trees with your group is fun, promotes group bonding and team-building, and is a great way to give back to the community. One person from the group may register the full group, simply visit the online calendar and fill out the registration form for that event, indicating the number of people in the group. Depending on your group size, we may need to split the group up into smaller planting crews. If you have any questions about which event is right for your group, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with our Volunteer & Outreach team: volunteer@friendsoftrees.org

We look forward to planting with you this season!

Riparian restoration projects in East Salem

What are riparian restoration projects?

Friends of Trees and the City of Salem are partnering to increase canopy cover in residential areas along certain riparian corridors on Pringle Creek in the SE Morningside Neighborhood and the East Fork of the Pudding River in NE Salem.

How do I know if my address is included in the current project?

You have received a letter or a door hanger with details about the project. If your home isn’t included in the project, but you’d like to be involved, check out our volunteer page. You can also fill out our interest form if you’d like to be notified about future opportunities to plant trees on your property.

What is Friends of Trees offering me?

Friends of Trees and the City of Salem are offering you and your neighbors whose property touches a certain stretch of either Pringle Creek or the East Fork of the Little Pudding River a wide selection of trees and shrubs to plant for free in your backyard. We’re working closely with the City to ensure the best species and locations for your space. Your only commitment would be to water the tree or shrub regularly. The costs associated with planting your new tree/shrub will be covered.

Trees and shrubs will be planted by our team in the fall and winter of 2019-20.

How can I get a tree or shrub?

Friends of Trees will be canvassing in your area within the next couple of weeks to share more about the trees and shrubs we have to offer. If you are interested in getting trees for your property, simply provide your contact information to our canvasser, or contact Hanna Dörnhofer at hannad@friendsoftrees.org or 503-467-2513.

Why are we planting trees along streams in Salem?

Urban trees provide an incredible range of services that contribute to making cities desirable places to live, work, and play. Friends of Trees is working with Salem’s Public Works Department to encourage the planting of trees throughout the city, especially along rivers and streams. Your particular neighborhood was identified due to ongoing erosion concerns, to slow stormwater runoff, and to provide shade for our homes and streams. You can learn more about Salem’s efforts to promote and increase tree canopy in the city by visiting: www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/community-forestry-strategic-plan.aspx

What plant species are available?

We will provide you with a list of plant options once we complete a site visit on your property. Please contact us to schedule your site visit.