Tree for All Kickoff!

Tree For All is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the lofty goal of planting 1 million trees. Tree For All was started as a partnership between nonprofits, cities, land owners and volunteers to work together to improve the Tualatin River and its tributaries. The project has been wildely successful. In the last decade, Tree For All has planted more than 4 million trees and restored 65 miles of stream bank habitat.

This last Saturday I joined other SOLVE Stream Team Captains, along with several friends from Friends of Trees, at the Tree For All kickoff event at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. More than 120 volunteers made it out to the event and with donuts and coffee to fuel us we managed to plant more than 5000 trees! Everyone had a blast. We had folk from Starbucks show up, several families with troops of little kids (great for collecting planting pots), students from local high schools, and a large number of adults who all managed to wake up early on a Saturday morning and make it out to plant some trees, and boy was it a beautiful morning to get our hands dirty. We even had two Blue Heron fly right over us to say hi.

If you live in the Portland area, don’t miss out on planting some trees this fall and winter. Restoration of wetlands and stream banks is a great way to improve your local environment, get to know your neighbors, and give back to your community. Check out the SOLVE or Friends of Trees website. If you don’t live in the Portland area, contact your local watershed council or city government to find out what kind of tree planting events are taking place near you.

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