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Phone: 503-823-7529

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First Workshop of the Season: Selecting and Promoting Diverse Tree Species with the Creston-Kenilworth Tree Team

 By: Mason Wordell, Urban Forestry, Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member

              Amur Maackia                                       Silverleaf Oak

When: 9:30-11:30am, Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Where: Kailash Ecovillage, Community Room (4311 SE 37th Ave)
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9:30 am - 10:00 am: Register, sign-in, have a cup of coffee.
10:00 am - 11:30 am: Presentation and walk with Jim Gersbach
11:30 am - 11:45 am: Wrap-up, clean-up

Are you interested in planting a tree? Urban Forestry recognizes that choosing a tree can be a difficult and daunting choice, because it is a long-term commitment on the part of the homeowner.

Urban Forestry wants Portlanders looking to plant trees to have more information about the many tree species that are under-planted in Portland and are adaptable, beautiful, and low maintenance. To that end, Urban Forestry is holding an informational talk on Saturday, Dec. 10th at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Kailash Ecovillage (4311 SE 37th Avenue) in partnership with the Creston-Kenilworth Tree Team.

In this presentation Jim Gersbach will cover species that are considered low risk for diseases and pests and which have been proven or have potential promise in our climate with its wet winters and dry summers. The presentation will dig into the many options of trees that homeowners may plant, and outline some of the benefits of each type of tree. For instance, flowers, fall color, and fruits and nuts for wildlife are just a few characteristics to consider when choosing a tree.  Gersbach will cover trees that are available through Friends of Trees, a local tree-planting non-profit. Friends of Trees offers trees at prices well below typical retail nurseries, and they organize neighborhood work parties to help homeowners get their trees in the ground. Friends of Trees is planting with Creston-Kenilworth, Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Reed on January 14th 2017. Homeowners must sign up for the planting day by December 12th and have their trees ordered by December 26th.

In addition to covering some of the trees homeowners may wish to plant, the presentation will weave together the city-wide and neighborhood specific data from the recently completed Street Tree Inventory. For example, did you know that there are 142 tree genera in all of Portland? That is an impressive range of tree diversity. However, over half the city’s street trees were found in just the top 10 genera. We can do better by planting a variety of tree species. Please join the Creston-Kenilworth Tree Team and Urban Forestry at this workshop to learn more!

For more information, or if you have something you want to talk about, contact:
Mason Wordell
Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member
(503) 201-3133

Creston-Kenilworth Tree Team