July 2, 2018
The Environmental Services Tree Program (ESTP) welcomes 3,000+ new trees to the City
As we gear up for the next tree planting season, we pause for a breath and reflect on the planting season that just ended. That breath is all the sweeter thanks to Portland’s urban trees that help to clean the air, capture the rain, and give the birds perches to sing from. In this moment, we benefit from the trees planted by past generations. To do our part and ensure that future generations benefit from an urban tree canopy, we keep planting.
Planting and care of trees in the city is made possible by the coordination of many groups. Nurseries, landscape contractors, non-profits, city bureaus, private property owners, and a great diversity of passionate volunteers all play a role in the richness of the urban forest around us. Because of the hard work of all these people, we are pleased to report that more than 3,000 new trees were planted through ESTP programs during the 2017-2018 planting season. Thank you to all our partners who made this work possible!
A long line of new street trees graces SE Holgate Blvd at 82nd Ave. Broadleaf evergreens, such as these strawberry trees, provide clean air year-round.
Environmental Services Tree Program 2017-2018 Season Highlights
- 2,436 street and yard trees planted at residential properties with our non-profit partner Friends of Trees.
- 449 street trees at private residences, apartments, businesses, and non-profit properties, planted directly through ESTP with the help of our professional landscape contractors.
- 165 yard trees approved for Treebate, a one-time rebate for single-family residents who buy and plant yard trees on their own.
- 120 trees planted as part of special projects at schools, churches, and transportation corridors.
- 5 new species of evergreen trees added to our street tree repertoire, including Baker cypress (Cupressus bakeri), bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), box-leaf azara (Azara microphylla), canyon live oak (Quercus chrysolepis), and strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo).
Now is the time to prepare for next planting season!
Are you interested in planting trees at a single-family residential property?
- Contact Friends of Trees to learn how to get involved in your once-a-year neighborhood planting day.
- Rather plant on your own? Treebate returns September 1.
- Interested in removing and replacing a dead tree? Don’t wait until the last minute! Permitting, tree removal, and stump grinding all take time. Visit the Portland Trees website to learn more about tree removal permits.
Are you interested in planting street trees at an apartment, business, or non-profit property?
The Environmental Services Tree Program is taking sign-ups now! Call 503-823-2255, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Environmental Services Tree Program website to learn more.