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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

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1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Upcoming Workshop: Great Tree Choices for Alameda & Beaumont-Wilshire

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

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Join Urban Forestry and the Alameda and Beaumont-Wilshire Tree Teams
for an enlightening presentation on tree options available to you! 

When: 9:00 am - 11:00 am, January 28th 2017
Where: Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship | 3917 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97212 
Register Here: http://tinyurl.com/ABWDiversity

Agenda
9:00 am - 9:15 am: Register, sign in, have a cup of coffee
9:15 am - 10:45 am: Presentation and walk with Patrick Key
10:45 am- 11:00 am: Wrap-up, clean-up

Alameda and Beaumont-Wilshire are both beautiful neighborhoods regarded for their mature and impressive trees. An important part in helping maintain the wonderful community trees that we love is by planting new trees, which will eventually replace the mature trees that may die in the next coming decades. 

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, Patrick Key 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 Key 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 Alameda on March 4, 2017. Folks must sign up for the planting day by January 30th, and have their trees ordered by February 13th. Friends of Trees will be planting with Beaumont-Wilshire later in the year on April 1st, 2017. The sign-up deadline is February 27th, and the tree order deadline is March 13th

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 (Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire) 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 Alameda and Beaumont-Wilshire Tree Team and Urban Forestry at this workshop to learn more!

Still Reading? Make sure to Register!

For more information, or if you have something you want to talk about, contact:

Mason Wordell
Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps member
Mason.Wordell@PortlandOregon.gov 
503-201-3133