Excitement was in the air as volunteers joined Friends of Trees staff in the first Eugene Neighborhood Trees planting of the 2015-2016 season! The planting, generously sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs, brought together 70+ volunteers to plant nearly 50 street and yard trees in South Eugene, Oregon.
During morning registration, volunteers warmed their hearts and bodies while sipping on delicious Love Tea donated by Mountain Rose and filled their bellies with breakfast treats.
Eight planting teams, each led by a trained crew leader, set out on their route to plant 6-8 trees at different houses. Homeowners worked with Friends of Trees staff to select appropriate street trees based on a comprehensive inspection process. This planting included: Oregon Myrtle, Oregon White Oak, Bigleaf Maple, Madrone, Black Tupelo, Lavelle Hawthorn, Goldenrain Tree, and Chitalpa, as well as a variety of fruit trees.
One highlight of the planting was having two planting routes completed by bike. Volunteers used bike trailers to haul trees, tools, and mulch from house to house. We are eager to grow the Plant-by-Bike program this year.
Volunteers of all ages joined the crews including young folks from Cub Scout Pack 12 and Tiger Den 1 working to earn a badge. Other groups included members of UO Fraternity Delta Upsilon, as well as members of the University of Oregon’s Students for Global Health. The planting wrapped up with a potluck provided by neighborhood volunteers where people gathered together over a warm bowl of soup and more Mountain Rose Love Tea to exchange planting stories from the morning.
Urban trees provide beauty and countless benefits to people and nature. Wherever you live, please consider volunteering to help plant and care for trees in your city. Future generations will be grateful for your work.
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Jennifer Killian is the Volunteer Program Coordinator for Friends of Trees Eugene. Growing up in Wisconsin, Jennifer became passionate about trees at an early age. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Madison, Jennifer pursued a master’s degree that focused on urban forest management from Oregon State University. This is Jennifer’s third planting season with Friends of Trees and she is looking forward to engaging community members and planting more trees than ever!