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.
Friends of Trees in Portland, Oregon engages adult community members and youth in their own neighborhoods, trains them to train leaders in other neighborhoods, facilitates planting of street trees, and does other valuable restoration work in the metropolitan area.
This is cost effective for the city, reduces storm water, reduces homeowner cooling costs, and has spillover effects through ongoing civic engagement of community members in other areas.
FOT also sponsors, organizes and otherwise supports educational events and speakers on related topics.
It's amazing how something as simple as planting trees has so many economic and social benefits. Top 5 best non-profits in the city for sure.
I've been involved with Friends of Trees, off and on, since its founding in 1989. I still volunteer once or twice a year, despite my advancing age and physical limitations. I'm always impressed with how well organized the planting events are. Planting of trees is the most visible benefit of their work, but the bringing together of people in the neighborhood is even more important.