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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

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katie B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Friends of Trees here would be a stellar organization if its accomplishments were a tenth of what they have been. The average non-profit would be proud of enlisting one tenth their number of working volunteers, and any organization that planted one tenth as many trees would be considered a rousing success.

Many organizations have studied the concepts of "flat" and "agile" and tried to implement them, but Friends of Trees here eats and breathes them. For that reason they run circles around everybody else with a fraction of the resources.

From professional study, I know that there is no more important environmental remedy for cities than creating a lush tree canopy --nothing better for urban and global warming, air quality or water quality.