Friends of Trees
"I come home on cloud nine from every planting, smiling ear-to-ear no matter how good or bad the weather has been, because it is the interaction and hard work with other folks looking to make our world a better place that makes Friends of Trees so special."—Charlie Ferranti, Friends of Trees member and volunteer since 2000
Friends of Trees trains volunteers who value green solutions to make a difference by guiding weekend volunteers at neighborhood tree plantings and green space restoration events. Our hundreds of volunteer leaders and thousands of planting volunteers plant and care for trees throughout our region's watersheds and along our rivers.
Through our Neighborhood Trees program, homeowners buy discounted trees to plant with their neighbors at weekend plantings. Through our Green Space Initiative, trained crew leaders guide volunteers at weekend events to restore natural areas and green spaces along public right-of-ways. Our Gift Trees program gives people the opportunity to plant trees in honor of others as they help restore a part of Forest Park, the largest forested natural area in a U.S. city.
Friends of Trees is partnering with the city of Portland in its Grey to Green Initiative to help the city meet its goal of planting 83,000 street and yard trees in five years. For two decades, Friends of Trees has worked with community partners to increase tree cover in Portland while dozens of other U.S. cities lost significant tree cover. Our planting events build community, and our tree-lined streets and restored green spaces clean the air and water, slow climate change, and provide habitat for endangered fish and song birds.
Friends of Trees is a member of the Coalition for a Livable Future, Alliance for Community Trees, Oregon Community Trees, and EarthShare Oregon. The nonprofit meets all 20 standards of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and is Recycle at Work Certified by the city of Portland.
To learn more or join us, visit FriendsofTrees.org.