World’s best tree climbers converge on Laurelhurst Park

Aug. 11 2012 Tree Climbers in Laurelhurst Park
Annie Lefever of Portland is guided in tree climbing by Tree Climbers International founder Peter Jenkins (Chijo Takeda)

On a recent Saturday in Portland’s Laurelhurst Park, a photographer snapped pictures of a bride and groom while a bucket ride lifted a family into a towering tree and kids gripped ropes strung from another tree’s limbs. In five stately trees nearby, arborists from 16 countries competed for the world championship in tree climbing.

If they weren’t in a tree themselves, most people in the park gazed up into the trees. Around them rose shouts of encouragement and animated exchanges in Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, French, Swedish, German, Belgian, Austrian, Danish and English.

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75 feet high for 75 years!

By Kris Day

Big thanks to Collier Arbor Care for servicing tree care needs across the greater Portland area for 75 years! To celebrate crossing this significant milestone and to express gratitude to the company’s customers and partner organizations, Collier recently hosted an anniversary celebration at the Clackamas County headquarters complete with live music, a generous spread of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, as well as free rides in a brand new bucket truck.

April 27th, 2012 Collier 75th Anniversary Party
Bird's eye view (Kris Day)

To give back to an exemplary business that has been a longtime supporter of our work, Friends of Trees presented Terrill Collier, president and owner since 1981, with a beautiful six-foot tall Oregon White Oak tree to be planted next to the company’s new truck wash station.

Collier has gone the extra mile toward promoting sustainable development practices by installing permeable pavement under this facility, by installing vegetated rain gardens to treat all surface runoff from the parking lot, and by controlling weeds and replanting native plants along the creek behind the building. The business welcomes visitors who would like to learn more about these landscape management strategies. Just please call ahead to schedule.

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