April 22 Earth Day Party with the Tree Team – it’s virtual!

In honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary Friends of Trees is hosting a virtual, day-long celebration on our social media channels – it’s the virtual EARTH DAY PARTY WITH THE TREE TEAM! Tune in on Wednesday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m. We’ll have Tree Talks, LIVE tree walks, and more! Here’s the schedule, and here’s the agenda for the virtual Earth Day party hosted by Friends of Trees Eugene!

TimeTopicWhere To Join
10:00Tree Talk: Friends of Trees Neighborhood Trees Specialist Andrew Lands talks about the European beech
Sponsored by J Frank Schmidt & Son
10:30Tree Walk LIVE: Andrew (who has TONS of tree knowledge!) talks about his favorite tree – and more! – with Corporate & Business Relations Specialist Sam Erman
Sponsored by New Seasons Market
11:30Tree Talk LIVE with Timber Joey! That’s right, the Timbers’ beloved mascot Timber Joey will ask Sam his top tree questions. Not to be missed!
Sponsored by the Portland Timbers
NoonLunchtime Chat LIVE Learn about Friends of Trees’ EDI work and our Urban Forestry job training program. Sam joins Friends of Trees EDI Specialist Surabhi Mahajan for a Q & A.
Sponsored by Portland General Electric
1:30Tree Walk LIVE Sam Erman visits some trees & talks about some of the many benefits of trees
Sponsored by the Port of Portland
2:30Tree Talk Friends of Trees Green Space Specialist Hanna Dornhofer talks about the native Red flowering currant
Sponsored by Oregon Soap Company and Cafe Yumm
3:00Tree Walk LIVE Hanna is joined by Sam at a restoration site as they explore some of the native trees and shrubs we plant, and more!
Sponsored by Daimler Trucks North America / Portland Trail Blazers / Threes for Trees
4:30Tree Talk Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer visits some Giant sequoias
Sponsored by the Portland Timbers
5:00LIVE chat with Friends of Trees Interim Executive Director Whitney Dorer. Whitney shares what she loves about trees + community.
Sponsored by Portland General Electric
5:30We’ll recap Whitney’s chat  in case you missed it
Sponsored by Rigert Shade Trees






THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Earth Day Party with the Tree Team!




Timbers Players Sal Zizzo & Brent Richards Plant Trees with FOT

Dribble Oregon Plantings 2013
Timber Joey & Dribble Oregon Coach Maximillian von Rabenau planting with FOT in Medford (David Blair)

Portland Timbers players Sal Zizzo and Brent Richards and mascot Timber Joey will join Friends of Trees volunteers at this Saturday’s planting in Happy Valley. The planting is part of the club’s “Score a Goal, Plant a Tree” program, presented by JELD-WEN Windows & Doors through Friends of Trees’ pillar partnership with the club.

The March 30 planting begins with registration and breakfast treats at 8:45 am, followed by tree planting from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Volunteer planters will meet at Bella Casa, 15241 SE Chelsea Morning Drive, in Happy Valley. Friends of Trees’ online calendar provides a map and other details. All are welcome, and no planting experience is required. Just dress in planting clothes and sturdy shoes, and join us! If you’re a Portland Timbers fan, you’ll even have a chance to plant with Timbers players and Timber Joey! Sal Zizzo, Brent Richards, and Timber Joey will plant trees from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Dribble Oregon Plantings 2013
Portland Timbers players Ryan Kawulok & Brent Richards planted with Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt at the first FOT planting of the team's "Dribble Oregon" tour (David Blair)

Saturday’s planting is one of Friends of Trees’ volunteer restoration events along the banks of Rock Creek planned with SOLVE and the Clackamas River Basin Council as part of the Rock Creek Partnership.  The Rock Creek Partnership receives funding from Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of Clackamas Service District No. 1.

The Portland Timbers are also generously supporting the March 30 planting as Friends of Trees event sponsors.

For more information about Sal Zizzo, Brent Richards, and Timber Joey’s participation this Saturday, please contact Marc Kostic, Portland Timbers, 503-553-5415, mkostic@portlandtimbers.com.

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

Portland Timbers help FOT launch new planting season

Timbers Help Us Launch Planting Season on Oct. 13
Timber Joey planted with Friends of Trees on Oct. 13 (Andy Meeks)

More than 40 volunteers helped Friends of Trees kick off our 24th planting season by adding nearly 500 native trees and shrubs to Happy Valley on Saturday, Oct. 13.

A huge thanks to Timber Joey, the Portland Timbers (especially Timbers Defenders Ian Hogg and Chris Taylor), the Timbers Army, Hands On Greater Portland, and all of the volunteers who helped us make a great start to our planting season!

Timbers Defenders Ian Hogg & Chris Taylor
Portland Timbers Defenders Ian Hogg and Chris Taylor planted with Friends of Trees during Stand Together Week (Logan Lauvray)

Saturday’s event was the first of our plantings this year to restore the Rock Creek Watershed through the Rock Creek Partnership with Clackamas County Water Environment Services, SOLVE, and the Clackamas River Basin Council.

The Portland Timbers planted with Friends of Trees as part of Stand Together Week.

The photos in the slide show below were taken by Drew Tyson for the Portland Timbers and by FOT staff members Andy Meeks and Logan Lauvray.

Stand Together Week is Oct. 8-14

Portland Timbers' Stand Together Week
With the help of local partners and the city of Portland, the Portland Timbers are organizing the first Stand Together Week, a comprehensive, citywide initiative to support dozens of nonprofit projects and volunteer opportunities across the city from Oct. 8-14.

Stand Together Week, with the help of Hands On Greater Portland, will consist of 40 projects benefiting more than 30 nonprofit organizations focused on youth and the environment in the Portland metro area, including Timbers Pillar Partner Friends of Trees. Fans are invited to join the volunteer efforts and team up with Timbers players, ambassadors, mascot Timber Joey, and staff members on the various efforts throughout the city.

“Stand Together Week is a way to bring the city of Portland and the extended Timbers family together to make a meaningful impact on dozens of local nonprofits and highlight the spirit of service and giving back that characterizes our city,” said Timbers COO Mike Golub.

Supported by partners adidas, Alaska Airlines, Fred Meyer, JELD-WEN Windows & Doors, and KPTV, Stand Together Week kicks off Monday, Oct. 8, with the painting of classrooms and hallways at the Portland YouthBuilders campus. A complete schedule of activities and events is listed below.

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