Have you noticed all the new trees in our neighborhood since January protected by wooden stakes? Or maybe your participated directly in this or prior year neighborhood plantings. Friends of Trees, like our other government funded programs is affected by the recent budget cuts.
The current budget proposal would cut 50% of the funding for street trees in Portland. This would greatly reduce the number of community plantings that Friends of Trees can organize and the number of trees that city residents can plant — and benefit from — in their neighborhoods.
How can you help?
Share your story! Our City Council and Mayor need to know how much you appreciate the trees in your neighborhood and the camaraderie and community spirit that Friends of Trees’ plantings inspire. You can do this in two ways:
First, please consider speaking briefly at the next community budget forum on Thursday, April 11, at Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn Street. If you have a Friends of Trees shirt, please wear it to show solidarity with the others there who care about our city trees.
If you can’t attend the hearing, or even if you can, please email City Council and the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services, Dean Marriott. You can copy and paste this short message into your emails, or write a more personal message about why Friends of Trees is important to you:
We appreciate our city trees. Please restore full funding to Portland’s Grey to Green Initiative. Every home deserves a tree!
These are the email addresses for our Mayor, City Council Members, and the Director of BES:
Mayor Charlie Hales – MayorCharlieHales@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Nick Fish – Nick@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Steve Novick – Novick@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Amanda Fritz – Amanda@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Dan Saltzman – Dan@portlandoregon.gov
BES Director Dean Marriott – Dean.Marriott@portlandoregon.gov