Friends of Trees Planting Announcement

Friends of Trees is once again planning a neighborhood tree planting event in Sunnyside. On January 30, 2021, we will join with our neighbors in the Kerns, North Tabor and Laurelhurst neighborhoods to plant street and yard trees. Our goal is to improve and diversify our urban canopy.

Trees provide countless benefits to neighborhoods. They improve livability by reducing city noise and glare and slowing traffic. They provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. The value of trees increases with each passing year; houses on tree lined streets command higher prices than those in neighborhoods without trees.

If you have been thinking of adding a tree to your parking strip or yard, this is a great opportunity. You can sign up for a tree at or by calling 503-595-0212. The $35 fee includes an 8 – 12’ tree, street tree inspection (ensuring right tree, right place), hole digging, planting, stakes, follow-up monitoring and information on tree care. The deadline to sign up is January 4, 2021 and you need to order your tree by January 18, 2021.

Typically our planting is a fun community activity – an opportunity to meet your neighbors, and get outside. This year it will be different. We won’t be gathering to share breakfast before or lunch afterwards. Instead, your tree will be planted by small groups of employees, interns, and volunteers. The planting will take place over the course of a week beginning January 30, 2021. You will be alerted in advance when your tree will be planted, and you can expect all planters to be wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.

If you have questions or need any assistance please contact Rich Schwartz, FoT neighborhood coordinator at [email protected].

Rich Schwartz, Friends of Trees Sunnyside Neighborhood Coordinator