This spring, the Environmental Services Tree Program completed its first street tree planting project along the Columbia Corridor. The project planted 163 trees in the public right-of-way, all within the Columbia Slough watershed. The work contributes to several Environmental Services goals:
Intercepting rain and reducing stormwater runoff;
Increasing natural area connectivity and wildlife habitat;
Improving air quality; and
Delivering equitable service to a diversity of neighborhoods and demographics.
If our previous planting projects are any indication, we expect future plantings in the slough watershed to draw more participants because of the high visibility of this planting.
Portland Meadows planting site, before
Portland Meadows, North side of N. Schmeer Rd, after planting
Portland Meadows, South side of N. Schmeer Rd, after planting
The Columbia Corridor is primarily zoned for commercial and industrial use, so Environmental Services worked with several large business properties on this planting. The result was an unusually high number of trees planted at some properties compared to past plantings in residential neighborhoods. We planted 55 trees at Portland Meadows alone, the most we’ve ever planted on a single property.
We couldn’t have done this without our partners: Corky Collier of the Columbia Corridor Association, and the Environmental Services Columbia Slough Watershed Group.