Industry, nonprofit, education & government come together to plant trees
The Living Highways program came back last month! On January 21 Friends of Trees-Eugene hosted Daimler Trucks North America, University of Oregon Ducks, the Oregon Department of Transportation and dozens of community volunteers to plant 183 trees and native shrubs along the Bob Straub Memorial Highway in Springfield.
Trees planted along highways improve air and water quality, reduce noise and beautify heavily used transportation corridors. Studies have demonstrated that trees can accomplish these goals at far less cost than many other capital improvement projects.
"We’re creating safer, cleaner highways."
Friends of Trees Executive Director Scott Fogarty
Living Highways began in 2008 on the I-205 freeway, where Friends of Trees, in partnership with ODOT and Metro, planted thousands of trees to reduce temperatures and improve conditions along one of Oregon’s worst heat islands. Our newest Living Highways partner explains their involvement,
"Daimler Trucks North America has been an Oregon resident for over 70 years, and we are committed to our communities and our environment," says David Giroux, Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. "That’s why in addition to producing the most fuel efficient commercial vehicles on the road, we also donate one tree for every point the Ducks score during their football season. DTNA has planted 943 trees through the Touchdowns for Trees partnership, which began with the 2015 season."
Friends of Trees looks forward to working with ODOT and other partners to continue making our highways greener & healthier. We're grateful to all involved for recognizing the value in community tree planting and improving the environmental quality of our roadways.
Get to know our partners:
Port of Portland
“We are proud to partner with Friends of Trees and their extraordinary volunteer network to enhance the urban tree canopy of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. At the Port of Portland, we are committed to reducing our environmental impacts and enhancing the communities we serve.” Curtis Robinhold, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Portland
In the past 10 years the Port of Portland
has planted more than 6,000 trees and native shrubs. From Portland street trees to natural area restoration in Washington County, the Port has partnered with Friends of Trees to plant in or near areas where the Port operates. Greening our region is part of the Port's mission.
In fact, the Port publishes annual environmental objectives and targets
regarding air quality, energy management, natural resources and waste minimization. They set goals, track progress, and measure success.
Friends of Trees is honored to play such a key role in helping the Port of Portland meet its goals around increasing the urban tree canopy and restoring natural areas. The Port's support of our program is crucial to our ability to grow our efforts to green our region and build community. Why not join them at a planting?
Remaining 2016-17 tree planting events sponsored by the Port of Portland:
- Feb. 25: Argay, Parkrose Heights, Russell, Wilkes neighborhoods (NE Portland)
- March 11: Concordia, Vernon neighborhoods (NE Portland)
- March 25: Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro)
Your support = 25,000 trees
so far this season!
Friends of Trees is incredibly fortunate to enjoy the support of thousands of people, businesses, agencies and corporations. This diverse range of donors is the only way we are able to bring more than 6,000 volunteers together every season to plant 55,000 trees and native shrubs. Thanks to your support our region is a more livable, healthier place.
Did you get your donation acknowledgement letter? We mail a thank you letter with tax information to every single person, business and foundation that donates to Friends of Trees. If you haven't received your letter please let us know! And please accept our apologies for any oversight, we treasure the support of every single one of you.
Please contact Lizzie if you haven't received an acknowledgement letter for a donation or if you have any questions.
Your donations plant trees and grow community, we can't do it without you!
Speaking of Thanks
The following 2016-2017 Season Sponsors make our community tree-planting events possible:
Bartlett Tree Experts - Cantel Sweeping - Chipotle Mexican Grill - Daimler Trucks North America - Dragonfly Coffee House - Elemental Technologies - Epson Portland - EWEB - J Frank Schmidt & Son Co. - Journey Tree Financial Planning - Mountain Rose Herbs - NW Natural - Oregon Ducks - Oregon Soap Company - Orchard Supply Hardware - Port of Portland - Portland General Electric - Portland Timbers Stand Together - Portland Trail Blazers - Rainier/Pabst Brewing - REI - Rigert Shade Trees - Union Pacific - Whole Foods
Is your business interested in supporting a community tree-planting event? It's a great way to give back and get involved while reaching thousands of people! Contact Kathy for more information.
- Volunteer with us to plant trees and grow healthy communities. Upcoming planting events are in Portland, Gresham, Happy Valley, Tualatin, Vancouver, Hillsboro and Wilsonville. See our Planting Calendar for details and more events. All ages welcome, no experience necessary!
- What's involved with volunteering? Find out here!
- Dig into spring with a FREE gardening workshop from East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. EMSWCD hosts workshops on rain gardens, pollinators, nature-scaping ... and more! Workshops are filling up so check out the schedule and register ASAP. Happy digging!