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Last week was jam-packed with great Earth Day and Arbor Month activities. On Thursday, April 25th, while the Lents community was celebrating the opening of Foster Floodplain Natural Area, a group of David Douglas High School students was digging in to plant 50 new trees about four miles to the north east.
100 students from several classes at David Douglas (science, leadership, wrestling and Bill Naito Community Tree Award-winning ESL students) worked with Environmental Services, Friends of Trees, Verde and AmeriCorps to green up the school’s campus. The new trees were placed to provide native bird habitat for study by science students, to provide shade to south facing classrooms and sports fields, and of course to do the other things trees do: manage stormwater, soak up carbon, and cool the air. There was also a ring of international trees planted in front of the district offices to represent the huge diversity at David Douglas – roughly 60 nationalities are claimed by students who attend the school. These trees add to the thousands planted through the Grey to Green initiative, and will add some new canopy to East Portland, where large firs and other native trees once covered the land.
In other tree news from last week, students from Hosford School and the Portland Timbers also got in on the Grey to Green tree action! See the KGW video about the event here: http://www.kgw.com/sports/Timbers-partner-to-make-a-greener-school-204209701.html