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Friends of Trees

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Forest Conservation

Mission: Friends of Trees inspires community stewardship of our urban forest by bringing people in the Portland-Vancouver area together to plant and care for city trees and urban natural areas.

Results: Friends of Trees has planted over 400,000 trees.

Geographic areas served: Portland, OR / Vancouver, WA Metro Area

Programs: Neighborhood trees program (nt) - the nt program engages and supports homeowners who wish to plant trees along their planting strips and in their yards. This program aims to increase the urban forest canopy in metropolitan areas in oregon and washington using citizen volunteers to plant trees. Fot coordinates all aspects of volunteer tree planting activities, from tree selection to permit approval. To procuring and planting trees with homeowners in over 100 neighborhoods in five cities in the region.

greenspace initiative (gsi) - the gsi program works to restore natural areas in both riparian and upland habitat areas in the region. The gsi program works in several watersheds in the region to restore traditional salmon habitat and native bird habitat utilizing all native plants and trees.

public education and outreach - fot promotes the value of trees and restored natural systems to over 300,000 people across the country each year. Through social media, direct contact and workshops and conferences, fot has been aggressive in its approach to educate the general public about the multitude of benefits received from tree planting and habitat restoration. Fot has made participation safe, fun and easy, and has encouraged tiered commitment for its long standing volunteers. Fot has streamlined the ability to participate and learn, and has conducted two very successful volunteer tree planting campaigns.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

I bought two (very reasonably priced) trees from FOT for my parking strip. This involved some special steps, and the organization helped me all along the way to get them done! FOT arrived on time on the day designated and planted my trees. I volunteered afterward in the kitchen at the site where volunteers met for lunch. I met some great neighbors I didn't even know I had. My trees are blooming now. It was a great experiene over all!

Review from Guidestar

Michelle W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really love what Friends of Trees does. I gave my brother a gift tree for Christmas this year and I enjoy all the wonderful trees all over Portland that Friends of Trees and their hard working volunteers have planted. Having more trees makes my bike ride along the I-5 multi-use path so much more enjoyable, and my neighborhood has trees filling in dead space, with the Friends of Trees tags fluttering in the wind! They are a great, hard working bunch, thank you Friends of Trees, thank you for making my air more breathable and our communities more beautiful.

Lacy C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I ordered two trees from Friends of Trees and honestly had an amazing experience throughout the process. From the great website, to the volunteer who came to our house to tell us what trees would go good where and the emails reminding us what to expect made it a very positive experience! The day of the plant I was unable to volunteer because of a lack of childcare BUT when the volunteers showed up to plant our trees I was able to help out and everyone seemed to be having a great time! One mother brought her 6 year old whose job it was to "stomp the dirt in"! I was able to meet two neighbors whom I had seen around but it gave us a chance to actually talk and create community. I know wave and say hi every time I walk the dogs past their homes. Now a month later both my trees are doing great, and are daily reminders of such a great experience. I can't wait until they come back to our neighborhood! I am going to order some more fruit trees.