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Free Community Workshop on Selecting Trees for Your Home, with Lents and Brentwood-Darlington Tree Teams

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

Join Urban Forestry and the Lents and Brentwood-Darlington Tree Teams for a free workshop on how to select the right tree for your home, while also promoting tree diversity!

When: 9:00-11:00am, Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Where: Zenger Farm Grange, 11741 SE Foster Rd., Portland
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9:00 – 9:15 - Sign-in, have a cup of coffee or tea
9:15 – 10:45 - Presentation by Julie Fukuda, Urban Forestry Staff
10:45 – 11:00 - Wrap-up

Are you interested in planting a tree? Whether you’re a first time planter or a veteran tree hugger, choosing a tree can be a difficult and daunting choice. Join Urban Forestry to learn more about selecting the “right tree for the right place,” and choosing trees that are adaptable, beautiful, and low maintenance. We will discuss some of the advantages of choosing less common trees and how they can help your neighborhood.

In this presentation, Julie Fukuda will cover species that are considered low risk for diseases and pests and perform well in our region with its wet winters and dry summers. The presentation will dig into the many options of trees 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.

Fukuda 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 Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert on January 21st, 2017. Folks must sign up for the planting day by December 19th and have their trees ordered by January 2nd.

In addition to covering some of the trees you 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, and together, we can increase the diversity of trees in Portland.   Please join the Lents and Brentwood-Darlington Tree Teams 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