January 6, 2023

Established to improve the urban tree canopy and restore natural areas, Friends of Trees has helped over 750,000 trees and native plants take root and flourish. What started out in a small Portland neighborhood now spans over 120 neighborhoods in six counties across two states.

In 2023, Friends of Trees will be coordinating several projects in the Happy Valley area to encourage restoration of natural areas and habitats, and improve watershed health. Volunteers of all ages and experience levels are welcome at these community tree planting events. The main requirements are to simply dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and be prepared to have fun!

Depending on the project, volunteers will help plant native trees and shrubs, or take part in special tree care activities that will help protect previous planting efforts. These projects not only enhance the aesthetics of the landscape, but they also create long term ecological health of our natural areas. Registering for projects is highly recommended as this helps ensure there are enough supplies. The team at Friends of Trees will bring any necessary gloves and tools to be used during the events.

Projects are perfect for individuals or groups. If you’ve been looking for a way to give back or get involved in a worthwhile cause, assisting with a Friends of Trees project might be a great option. Volunteers under 18 years of age are welcomed, too! The organization does require a youth waiver to be filled out and any youth under 15 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult.

January 23: Spring Mountain Planting Southern Lites Park, 12088 SE 117th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086

Calling for tree planters with your help to plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs at the annual North Clackamas Watershed Council event! Friends of Trees is pleased to be partnering with the watershed council and can’t wait to see you at this always fun event!

*Please note: This planting is not happening at the park.  There is a 5-minute walk from the nearest available street parking near the park to our planting site.  Look for our signs to guide you!

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and be assigned a planting crew. The planting starts at 9:00am.

March 11 Happy Valley Park 13770 SE Ridgecrest Rd, Happy Valley, OR 97086

Join Friends of Trees and the City of Happy Valley as we plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs to help restore the riparian vegetation around Mt. Scott Creek. Mt. Scott is a tributary to Kellogg Creek, an important tributary to the Willamette River and home to Coho salmon, Steelhead, Pacific lamprey and many more wildlife species. Your participation is what will make this event successful, thank you for considering signing-up!

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and be assigned a planting crew. The planting starts at 9:00am.

To register for either event, head to https://friendsoftrees.org/event-calendar/ and select the respective date.