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Rosemary Anderson students
By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News
Published: 28 October 2013

esidents of the Humboldt, Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland could be getting a knock on the door from students at Rosemary Anderson High School. And they come bearing gifts – free street trees.

The students are taking part in Friends of Trees Albina Tree Initiative that will plant 140 trees across the three neighborhoods. Neighborhood volunteers and Friends of Trees are set to plant the trees on Feb. 8, 2014.

The free trees can go to any resident who has space available in the planting strip adjacent to their homes.

Spencer Burton, project leader for the Albina Tree Initiative initiative, won two grants to plant trees in North Portland: a Community Watershed Stewardship Grant from the Bureau of Environmental Services and a Special Project and Community Event Grant from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. The grant is for this year only.

The Rosemary Anderson students went through a Friends of Trees outreach training and will receive stipends for their work. Before the planting, the City will inspect the planting strips, check for overhead lines and make sure plantings won't disturb any underground utilities.

If you have not been contacted by Friends of Trees, you can sign up for free street trees online by creating an account at www.friendsoftrees.org

or contact project leader Spencer Burton 503 803-2699 [email protected]


Friends of Trees says street trees help communities because:

  • Trees reduce traffic speeds

  • Trees increase the value of your home

  • Trees are a stimulus to economic development

  • Trees green and beautify increasing neighborhood pride

  • Trees cool your home and neighborhood and reduce utility bills

  • Trees reduce blood pressure and improves emotional and physical health

  • Trees have a calming and healing effect on those with ADHD

  • Trees reduce noise and air pollution from cars and buses

  • Trees create a more natural and comfortable urban life

  • Trees provide a home for birds and animals

  • Trees reduce storm water runoff


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