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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Upcoming Community Workshop: Great Tree Choices for Your Home with the Concordia Tree Team

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

Join Urban Forestry and the Concordia Tree team for a free workshop on
how to select the right tree for your home while also promoting tree diversity!

When: 6:30 – 8:30pm, January 5, 2017
Where: Kennedy School | Community Room | 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland
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6:30 – 7:00pm - Sign-in, have a cup of tea
7:00 – 8:30 – Presentation by Jim Gersbach, Urban Forestry Staff

Choosing a tree can be a difficult and daunting choice – which is why we invite you to join us to learn more about selecting the right tree for the right place! Join us to discuss trees that are adaptable, beautiful, and low maintenance. We’ll also cover the advantages of choosing less common trees and how they can help diversify your neighborhood. Whether you’re a first time planter, or a veteran tree hugger, there is something everyone can learn in this workshop.

In this presentation, Jim Gersbach will cover species that are considered low risk for diseases and pests, which continues to be important as we experience tree loss from the Bronze Birch Borer and growing concern over the Emerald Ash Borer. We’ll discuss which trees will perform well in our region with its wet winters and dry summers. Due to this season's damaging ice storms, we’ll cover trees that are less prone to storm damage. 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.

All of the trees that Gersbach will cover 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 will be planting in Concordia and Vernon on March 11, 2017. Folks must sign up for the planting day by February 6, and have their trees ordered by February 20.

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 Concordia 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

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