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Friends of Trees

We bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces.
3117 NE M L King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
Phone: 503-467-2517 | Fax: 503-282-9471 |
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
We can plant two shade trees in the yard of a low-income family or a grove of young native trees in a green space that needs restoration.
Why does this donor support this organization?
“Wow, what a great organization. I love Friends of Trees. ... I will go out of my way to suggest Friends of Trees to my neighbors. I’m looking forward to next year. Thank you for helping me meet more of my neighbors!”
How do volunteers make a difference for this organization?
Each year thousands of volunteers help plant tens of thousands of trees and native plants. Volunteer leaders guide others, multiplying the impact of each person's contribution. "I love being a crew leader with Friends of Trees," said Tricia Sears. "You get to be out on a Saturday morning, in warm or cold weather, in sunshine, rain or snow. Crew leaders tend to laugh and joke a lot. ... Going back each year to see the plants grow and the natural areas change is very exciting and rewarding."

Since our founding by Richard Seidman more than 22 years ago, Friends of Trees has brought people in the Portland-Vancouver area together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces. In 2011, we expanded to the Eugene-Springfield area.

Our Neighborhood Trees program offers residents 8-12' tall street and yard trees at reduced prices and organizes neighborhood plantings. The $35 to $75 cost includes help with permitting required by the city to plant between the sidewalk and street, tree delivery, hole digging, assistance with planting, stakes, and follow-up maintenance checks during the summer.

Friends of Trees' multi-year Plant It Portland! campaign is in full swing. It's a whimsical grassroots effort to plant thousands of trees in East Portland neighborhoods as part of the city's Grey to Green Initiative. The campaign emphasizes four key things that "grow" on trees: better health, energy conservation, a safer community--and even money.

Through our Green Space Initiative, we guide volunteers to restore green spaces. In 2011, we joined SOLVE and the Clackamas River Basin Council to form the Rock Creek Partnership, funded by Water Environment Services. The Partnership works with private homeowners to restore the banks of Rock Creek, a tributary to the Clackamas River. We also have partnered with the Oregon Department of Transportation, Metro, and more than a dozen other groups to plant trees along the 16.5-mile I-205 Multi-Use Path. The path is used by pedestrians, cyclists, and TriMet travelers, and it borders many of Portland's most culturally diverse and low-income neighborhoods.

Through our Gift Tree program, people can make a tax-deductible donation to have trees planted in honor or memory of others in the Collins Sanctuary next to Forest Park. The Gift Tree program works in partnership with Metro and the Audubon Society of Portland to restore the Collins Sanctuary.

Enhancing our Environment

Planting trees cleans our water and air. In fact, Portland's trees intercept 25 million pounds of air pollutants and half a billion gallons of stormwater a year, saving millions of dollars in stormwater management.

Friends of Trees' Impact

Since 1989, we have planted nearly 450,000 trees and native plants. We work in partnership with agencies, businesses, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, and individuals to harness the passion of local volunteers to keep our metro area green and healthy.

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