By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The project is called the Albina Tree Initiative. The leader, Spencer Burton, gained a community watershed stewardship grant from Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services and a special project and community event grant from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. The funds will pay for trees and stipends for the students.
Residents will receive trees if they have space available in the parking strip by their homes, Burton said. They must create an account at www.friendsoftrees.org or contact Burton at (503) 803-2699 or by e-mail at moc.l1484740994iamg@1484740994dnalt1484740994ropro1484740994fnotr1484740994ubrec1484740994neps1484740994.
After an account is created, a city inspector will measure the planting area then check for overhead lines and underground utilities.
Homeowners may select a tree variety that is appropriate for their parking strip and nearby utilities, Burton said. Planting day is expected to be February 8, 2014.
Trees have many values for a community, he said, including reducing air pollution, reducing noise, increasing home value, providing homes for birds and wildlife, reducing stormwater runoff and cooling homes in warm weather.
The Humboldt Neighborhood Association is the Albina Tree Initiative sponsor and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is the fiscal sponsor. The Rosemary Anderson students will receive training from Friends of Trees.