Free Tree Opportunities in Portland
SUBMITTED BY LEA WILSON, CITY OF PORTLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TREE PROGRAM
As the readers of this blog may already know, trees provide a wealth of benefits to our beautiful, rainy city. Not least of these is the critical role trees play in reducing, redirecting, and preventing runoff from storm events. It is for this valuable service that the City of Portland Environmental Services has partnered with Friends of Trees to provide free and low-cost trees in neighborhoods across Portland.
FREE TREES FOR PARKROSE, PARKROSE HEIGHTS, ARGAY, RUSSELL, WILKES
Any property located where Friends of Trees does plantings can get a great deal on a street tree this winter, but residents of Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Argay, Russell, and Wilkes neighborhoods can get their street tree for free! Why? Even though outer northeast has a lower population density on average than inner east and north Portland neighborhoods, its canopy cover is still below the city-wide goal! Lots of impervious surfaces like roads, parking lots, and industrial buildings cause urban temperatures to increase and create a tremendous amount of stormwater runoff. Excess runoff can lead to ponding and flooding. While some stormwater goes to the sump system and back to groundwater, some drains directly into the Columbia Slough and Columbia River. No matter where it’s going, runoff takes all the pollution from the street with it. Don’t miss this great opportunity to receive a Friends of Trees tree! Sign up deadline is January 25, 2016. Renter? No problem - get the owner’s permission before signing up.
FREE EVERGREEN CONIFERS
Since they maintain their foliage during the wettest parts of the year, evergreen trees, including conifers, are especially valuable as stormwater managers. And, if you’ve done the street tree inventory, you’ll know that even though the Pacific Northwest is known for iconic trees like Douglas-fir, western red cedar, and ponderosa pine, there aren’t a lot of them lining the streets of Portland. Part of the reason for this is that those big, beautiful trees don’t fit in a three-foot planting strip. So, for those lucky households with planting strips six feet wide or wider and no overhead lines (including properties with no curb or sidewalk), Environmental Services and Friends of Trees are offering free evergreen conifers. Manage stormwater, improve air quality, increase habitat, and add a little green to that grey winter view! Free evergreen conifers for large planting strips are available in every neighborhood where Friends of Trees plants. Check the Friends of Trees calendar or call 503-282-8846 to find out what the deadline is in your neighborhood.
VOLUNTEER AT A FRIENDS OF TREES PLANTING EVENT
Can’t plant any more trees where you live? Tree lovers are always welcome to join in a Friends of Trees planting event. Your participation is important because many people aren’t able to plant their own trees. Truck drivers especially are always needed! No registration required; visit the website to learn more.