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Our 35th planting season calendar is full of opportunities to volunteer for Trees + Community

There is nothing we love more than seeing your shining faces on a Saturday morning. We have dozens of incredible volunteer planting events in neighborhoods and natural areas this year, from Eugene to Salem to Vancouver, and so many places in between. We invite you to join us!

By bringing together thousands of volunteers every planting season, we create a community of stewardship and protection for the trees and native plants we plant. Together, we help tree knowledge spread throughout our communities, and more and more people become invested in the health of the trees. We don’t just plant the trees and move on. We work together to do everything we can to make sure that trees and native plants survive and thrive. Community support makes that happen.

Why not sign up to volunteer RIGHT NOW? This is your way to take climate action in your community, to make our neighborhoods more livable, and to make new friends—with people and trees alike!

We’ll officially begin the planting season on October 7th with a brand new planting event in Salem. We’ll be at the beautiful Bush’s Pasture Park, enhancing a natural area through native-scaping a pollinator habitat. It’s a perfect taste of what our Green Space program is all about. And of course, we’ll have plenty of neighborhood tree plantings coming up, too.

We’ll need your help and enthusiasm to get 30,000+ new trees and native plants in the ground. You can sign up as a planter, a truck driver, or take the next step and train to lead other volunteers (and learn lots more about trees and native plants!)—Crew Leader registration is open now!

Our calendar is live! Sign up for your favorite event now.

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Coalition Led by Friends of Trees Awarded $12M Community Forestry Grant

An 11-member coalition led by Friends of Trees was awarded a $12 million Urban and Community Forestry Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the Inflation Reduction Act grants. The grant will fund the engagement of low canopy neighborhoods included in the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 initiative, which will bring resources to communities most impacted by climate change, pollution, and environmental hazards.

The partner coalition includes APANO, Black Parent Initiative, City of Gresham, City of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Connecting Canopies, Depave, POIC, Verde, and Wisdom of the Elders. The $12 million award will direct funds to these partners and Friends of Trees across five years. 

“This award is a validation of community tree planting as a model. Especially in the face of intensifying climate change, authentic community partnerships have a huge part to play in growing and maintaining our urban forests.

-Friends of Trees Executive Director Yashar Vasef

The coalition’s proposal includes funding for community forestry work including tree planting, natural area restoration, post-planting care, community education, opportunities for direct community input and participation, and workforce training. Read our press release here.

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How the Eugene-Springfield team is starting the new season

The Eugene-Springfield team will kick off their season as they always do with another planting along Northwest Expressway on November 4th. This year will be the monumental Phase 10 of this planting project. It’s a prime example of putting trees in places where there’s plenty of room for trees and the benefits they provide.

In recent months, we’ve been growing a robust community of tree stewards through community pruning events in Eugene and Springfield. We’re about halfway through their slate of seven pruning events, each one with a small but mighty crew of pruners. By keeping these events intimate, each pruner gets plenty of hands-on experience.

One of the most exciting things happening in Eugene this season will be the expansion of our equity work into high priority neighborhoods. With funding from an EWEB Greenpower Grant, the Bethel, Trainsong, and Far West neighborhoods will each get planting events, increased engagement, and more trees!

“We want to continue focusing our urban tree planting work on equity, sustainability, and resilience. The Greenpower grant has allowed us to do even more.”

-Eugene Director Erik Burke

These are just a few of the exciting things happening for our Eugene Team this season. Learn more about what’s to come and get in on the action by signing up to volunteer!

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This season is all about how trees and communities take care of each other. Join us in celebrating!

As we enter our 35th planting season, we’re focusing on how we set up our trees and native plants to survive and thrive. Healthy communities support healthy trees, and vice versa, which is why The Friends of Trees Way centers community in everything we do.

We love to kick off our seasons with vim and vigor. We want folks to come out to events and get their hands dirty. We want people to expand their knowledge and share it with neighbors. Your active support for community + trees is what keeps us going.

We have a special event to celebrate the start of the planting season!

Join us at Level Beer’s Northeast Portland Location to talk about tree care, the right tree right place approach to planting, and how community involvement is key to all of it. The brief program features Executive Director Yashar Vasef and Neighborhood Trees Senior Specialist Andrew Land, with plenty of time for Q&A. You’ll also get a chance to tour the trees and shrubs we planted at Level last season.

Registration is limited to 50 people. The first 50 guests get a beverage on the house! Door prizes! Register here.

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We’re hiring a Systems Administrator at Friends of Trees

Friends of Trees is hiring for two full time positions based in Portland! If you or someone you know will be an excellent fit for our awesome team, please apply!

  • The Volunteer & Outreach Specialist is responsible for recruiting and retaining the tree-planting and stewardship individuals and groups without whom the advancement of our mission would not be possible. Deadline: 10/11.
  • The Green Space Program Specialist will foster community stewardship through the successful design and implementation of natural area enhancement projects in urban green spaces. Deadline: 10/15

Details and application instructions here. Spread the word!

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(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