Are You a Friend of Trees?


Friends of Trees is coming to Buckman and the Central Eastside Industrial District. Buckman residents will have a unique opportunity to participate with their residential neighbors and businesses in a tree planting on December 5th.

The coordinators of Friends of Trees’ Buckman neighborhood planting invite you to help improve the quality of the neighborhood. You can support the neighborhood tree planting in one or both of the the following ways: purchasing trees for planting in the neighborhood, and/or actively participating on the day of planting.

And the best part: Friends of Trees is able to offer a discount for trees planted through this program!

  • Street trees, planted in the right-of-way between the street and property line, start at $50 for residential customers.
  • Trees planted on private property start at $70.

Friends of Trees staff will suggest locations for trees, obtain necessary permits for street trees, and coordinate locations with underground and overhead utilities. Property owners need only select the desirable tree from a pre-approved list, and provide enough water the first few years until roots are established.

Since 1989, Friends of Trees has been bringing people together to plant, care for, and learn about city trees. A hallmark of the non-profit’s work is its community-based model, which brings neighbors together and often inspires them to organize other projects to improve their neighborhood. Trees make our neighborhood greener and more livable. They provide numerous benefits, from cleaning our air and water, to conserving energy needed to heat and cool our buildings. They not only improve the value of our property, they actually improve the success of our businesses. Studies show that business sales increase at stores where trees have been planted.

To participate with Friends of Trees, please sign up at If you have questions, please contact the 2009 Buckman Neighborhood Coordinators, Jeff Burns or Sara Butcher, at or 503.531.6553.


2 Responses to “Are You a Friend of Trees?”

  1. Don M. Says:

    A word of warning about street trees. Upon buying my home 30+ years ago we accepted a city sponsored street tree in our narrow 32″ parking strip. In that time the tree roots caused us to repair the sidewalk three times and the water/sewer lines once. We were assured by the city at the time of planting that this would not happen.

  2. Toshio Suzuki Says:

    Dear Buckman Voice,

    I just wanted to say thanks so much for informing your readers about Friends of Trees. You provide a great service, especially these days with the decline of news coverage, and we’re appreciative of your efforts.

    Regarding tree roots, this is a common issue with tenured Portland home owners. The city did plant thousands of trees several decades ago. That poor planning resulted in cracked sidewalks and fruit trees clogging up street drains.

    Friends of Trees, established 20 years ago, works with the Bureau of Environmental Services and Department of Urban Forestry to inspect street tree locations, ensuring proper planting techniques.
    Here is an example of this cooperation from our blog:

    Our objective is to enhance the urban canopy of Portland for the long haul, and we can’t do that if we’re costing home owners money. We have trained tree specialists and an arborist on staff that work on our native tree lists, and we also provided discounted yard trees from a variety of local nurseries.

    Thanks again for all your work and let me know if I can help with anything in the future,

    Toshio Suzuki
    IT Coordinator
    503-282-8846 ext. 16

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