We’re hiring!

Love trees? Looking for meaningful work in a supportive, fun work environment? Then check out our opening for a Neighborhood Trees Specialist.

Neighborhood Trees Specialists implement community-based, neighborhood street tree planting projects in collaboration with volunteer Neighborhood Coordinators, Neighborhood Associations and other partner groups in accordance with the Friends of Trees’ mission. Ideal candidates will be personable, creative and adaptable; have a background or interest in community tree planting and care; able to juggle multiple priorities at once; and have a desire to work with diverse communities and individuals of all backgrounds.

Interested? Details here.

Portland Timbers 2013 Dribble Oregon tour & tree plantings

Timbers' Eric Brunner placing a tag on a tree planted in honor of his goal for Timbers-FOT "Score a Goal, Plant a Tree" (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Timbers defender Eric Brunner adds a tag to the tree planted with Friends of Trees last winter in honor of his goal (Craig Mitchelldyer)

This Saturday the Portland Timbers will launch the team’s second annual tour across Oregon and SW Washington. Hosted with Timbers Founding Partner JELD-WEN Windows and Doors, the Dribble Oregon tour will include youth soccer clinics, meetings with fans, and tree plantings with Timbers Pillar Partner Friends of Trees.

Dribble Oregon begins in Vancouver, WA on Jan. 5. Timbers players Brent Richards and Ryan Kawulok, team mascot Timber Joey, and members of the Timbers Army Northern Alliance will plant a dozen trees with Friends of Trees and Vancouver Urban Forestry. The planting begins at 1:30 pm at 2204 Wahclellah Avenue in the Meadow Homes neighborhood.

“It’s a full day of fun-filled events and we are proud to help bring the Portland Timbers to a community near you,” said Bill Hueffner, Director of Development & Professional Relations for JELD-WEN.Read More

What if our cities had no trees?

Why plant trees in cities? This video shows the many ways our trees can help us.

You may recognize three people in this video who have helped our Portland-Vancouver area treescape, including a Friends of Trees staff member. Many thanks to Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, and all of you who have helped make our city forests grow.

And thank you, American Forests, for all you do for urban forests across our country.

Trees & planting scholarships in Portland & Vancouver

Nov. 6, 2010 Vancouver Neighborhood Trees Planting
Volunteer & donor planting a tree in Vancouver (Brian Black)

Friends of Trees invites homeowners in Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, to sign up for trees to plant with their neighbors this fall and winter. The cost for a tree in the 29 Vancouver neighborhoods where we’re planting this year is $50. The cost for a tree in the 55 Portland neighborhoods where we’re planting is $35 to $75.

If this is more than you can afford, please call 503-595-0212 to sign up for a scholarship. Or help others beautify their neighborhood by donating to the scholarship fund at FriendsofTrees.org/Donate. Just select “Planting Scholarship Fund” from the donation category drop-down menu.

Add your name at FriendsofTrees.org/BuyTrees if you’d like to order a tree. Each neighborhood has one tree planting a year, and sign-up deadlines are approximately five weeks before each planting event. Friends of Trees’ new tree selections and engaging web site make selecting trees easy and fun. Your $35 to $75 fee includes the price of the tree, delivery, hole digging, planting assistance, stakes, and follow-up maintenance checks. You’ll also be invited to join a neighborhood potluck after the planting.

Happy Family in North Tabor
Tree planting in Portland's North Tabor neighborhood (Janice Leber, North Tabor News)

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Engaging with FOT all summer: a recap

Michael Migotsky of DukeEngage
Michael Migotsky working in the field (Kaola Swanson)

By Michael Migotsky

Now that my time at Friends of Trees has come to an end, I thought I’d reflect back on my work in all the different areas of the organization. This is the first of a two-part recap of my summer. This post is more factual, while the second post will be more reflective and personal.

If you have ever had FOT plant at your house or volunteered at a planting, you’re probably already somewhat familiar with the Neighborhood Trees (NT) program. My work with this program was mainly in maintenance, rather than planting, because all of the plantings are during the cooler, wetter months to help the new trees grow better.

I spent part of my time as a summer inspector, going out around the neighborhoods and checking up on trees, making sure that they were healthy and that the homeowners had been taking proper care of their trees. If you’ve planted with us, you probably remember getting a yellow door hanger from a summer inspector telling you how you’re doing as a new tree owner.

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