By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Friends of Trees is encouraging Portland residents to plant trees to benefit neighborhoods in a variety of ways, including reduced air pollution, cooler temperatures in summer and added value for homes.
The organization works with Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, which requires a permit to plant in parking strips or public rights-of-way. Trees offered through the Friends are tailored to each homeowner’s space, taking into consideration overhead wires and underground utilities.
Trees cost between $35 and $75, which includes delivery, planting by volunteers, permitting, mulch, stakes and follow-up maintenance. For those who can’t afford those prices, Friends of Trees has scholarships available.
Homeowners may become volunteers in planting. Each planting starts with breakfast and ends with a potluck.
Planting dates in February 2014 are scheduled for Kenton, Portsmouth and University Park neighborhoods. However, residents should begin the permitting and tree selection processes to be ready for planting, staff members advise.
To sign up and browse tree selection, visit www.friendsoftrees.org/plant-it-programs or call (503) 282-8846.