A lot of trees and tree stories – 16,000+ trees planted so far this season!

“It was an amazing day, perfect weather, awesome people and healthy trees! Couldn’t ask for a better planting day, truly.” Alex, volunteer tree planter (above photo taken at our Gresham planting event)

So far in our 2019-20 planting season we’ve planted more than 16,000 trees and native shrubs! Here are some highlights from some amazing days this season:


Neighborhood Trees Program: 820 trees planted

“It was wonderful to plant in our neighborhood! I look forward to checking up on all of our trees over the next few years.” -Neighborhood Trees volunteer planter

820 street and yard trees have been planted at nine events so far this season. 900 volunteers turned out to plant trees in Portland, Eugene, Vancouver, Oregon City, Beaverton, and Clark County, WA. (above photo from our November planting in Vancouver)

Green Space Program: 15,800 trees planted

“The team created a warm and welcoming environment. It was a lovely event that we truly enjoyed!” -Green Space planting volunteer
15,800 trees and shrubs have been planted in natural areas at 16 events since October. 1,000 volunteers turned out for restoration events in Eugene, Hillsboro, Troutdale, Tigard, Salem, Tualatin, Gresham, Cornelius, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville. (above photo taken at our Cornelius event in November)

Staff Christmas Trees

Mid-January really isn’t the best time to show off staff Christmas Trees…CTT 011415 4 Crew Ready to Toss

Except we’re the type of people who possibly get more excited about the trees’ second life as a refuge for salmonids in the Columbia Slough than we do when the tree is all gussied up with lights and decorations.

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After consulting with local agencies, FoT’s Logan Lauvray and Katie Farmer took on the task of rounding up 16 used pines to create a habitat.CTT 011415 5 Crew In Action

The trees will form a barrier, protecting the fish from predators, offering a water break to keep the fish from getting pushed out of their homes by increased spring water flow and offering a habitat. After reading about how trees, free of tinsel, spray ‘snow’ and paint can be used as a natural refuge for salmonids— a general term for members of the salmon family—our Green Space team first worked on with a local boy scout troop on a similar project and repeated the activity this year.

F0T staff and volunteers sunk 13 trees, left 3 as floating barriers and because we don’t do things half way, fished out a few tires from the slough.

Way to regift.

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Make your mark on Forest Park this Saturday!

The bucket brigade at Forest Park last March (PGE)
The bucket brigade at Forest Park last March (PGE)

By Andy Meeks

Friends of Trees–and up to 50 lucky people–will return to Forest Park this Saturday, March 12, to plant approximately 400 native plants and shrubs along Saltzman Road in Forest Park. We are planting in the utility right-of-way, which is why we are planting shrubs and not trees. This planting will provide habitat in an area that is now essentially clear cut.

We still need volunteers for this weekend. About 25 spots still remain! You can pre-register for this event by following this link and filling out the form: bit.ly/FoTForestPark2011

The planting is now full as of Friday, 3/11/11 – 4:15pm

Please note that this is a ‘hike-in’ site and the planting area is approximately three-fourths of a mile from the parking area (NW St Helens & Saltzman, Portland, Oregon (map)). You may park along Saltzman or in the parking lot of the neighboring Anderson Roofing Company.

This planting is generously sponsored by REI and presented in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Forest Park Conservancy. Friends of Trees will provide morning refreshments, gloves, tools, and all necessary guidance. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

You can contact Andy or Andrew in the Volunteer & Outreach Program for more information. We hope to see you out there on Saturday to make your mark on Forest Park!

–Meeks is Volunteer & Outreach Manager for Friends of Trees.