Volunteer in Salem

Help plant trees in Oregon's State Capital!

Let’s plant trees together!

Help needed at our Saturday morning events — plant trees and make a difference greening Salem! Everyone attending an event is required to wear a fabric face mask and keep 6′ of distance from others not in their own household. Friends of Trees will provide sanitized tools, physically-distanced guidance, and hand sanitizer. Sanitized work gloves will also be available to borrow, but we encourage folks to bring their own when possible. 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.

20-21 Salem Calendar-

Volunteer as a group! 

Friends of Trees planting events are excellent ways for groups to learn team-building skills, have fun together and give back to the community.  Due to smaller event sizes and streamlining the registration experience, groups are no longer able to reserve a block of spaces for an event.  We love groups, and you are still welcome to volunteer together, but you will each need to register for the event as individuals.  If you have questions about which events have room for a group of your size, please contact our Volunteer & Outreach team directly: 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.