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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

From Brownfield to zen

February 25, 2014

Nick was pleased to volunteer at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Northeast Portland on Saturday, helping to plant trees and shrubs as part of the Friends of Trees volunteer series.  

Dharma Rain, with the assistance of BES’ Brownfield Program, purchased a former landfill site with the intention to restore it.  On Saturday, volunteers from the Dharma Zen Rain Center, Friends of Trees, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Madison High School and the greater Portland community transformed the former landfill by planting over 1,200 native trees and shrubs in one day! 

BES, along with Friends of Trees and other Portland non-profits and community groups, partner up for green restoration days in our local neighborhoods.  A total of 4,000 trees and shrubs will be planted in Portland neighborhoods by the end of the “green spaces” season. 

There are 18 events left with Friends of Trees. Make our city a little greener and check out the Friends for Trees calendar to register for future events! No special skills are necessary and all tools (and lunch!) are provided.  The next one is Saturday, March 1, and the volunteer series goes until May 17.  

Photo courtesy of Dharma Rain Zen Center.