Concordia Tree Team Meets Thursday, July 11, 6-7 p.m. at New Seasons

Please note the change of date, to accommodate the Independence Day holiday. Be safe and sane.

All are welcome to join the monthly team meeting to discuss concerns and opportunities for keeping the Concordia canopy strong and healthy! Hear about recent accomplishments, current projects, and ideas for the future. We meet at the Concordia New Seasons, in the dining area.

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Sunday Parkways Tree Tour – June 23 at Fernhill Park, 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Parkways has quickly become a Portland tradition. The Tree Team will be present to answer your questions about trees in our neighborhood, including Fernhill Park. At 11 a.m., join us for a guided tour of some of the park’s more notable trees.

Dating from the middle of the last century, Fernhill Park contains a fine mix of introduced and native conifers including five impressive coastal redwood trees and a rare lacebark pine from China. Come see these as well as a wide variety of deciduous trees from three continents. Jim Gersbach, who has been recognized by American Community Trees and, locally, awarded the Bill Naito Community Tree award for his work in Northeast Portland, leads this one-and-a-half tour.

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Concordia Tree Team Meets Thursday, June 6, 6-7 p.m. at New Seasons

All are welcome to join the monthly team meeting to discuss concerns and opportunities for keeping the Concordia canopy strong and healthy! Hear about recent accomplishments, current projects, and ideas for the future. We meet at the Concordia New Seasons, in the dining area.

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Meek Tree Spa Day, Saturday, May 11th @ 10 a.m.

Join the Tree Team and other volunteers as we perform maintenance on the arboretum at  Meek ProTech High School, 4039 NE Alberta Court (the trees are on the north side of the building). We will pull weeds, apply mulch, and replace stakes as needed, to give these young trees the best chance of growing up strong and healthy. Bring your gardening gloves and think sunny thoughts. All ages welcome!

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From a Field to a Forest!

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Ainsworth Linear Arboretum Walk: Saturday, April 6, 2:30-4 p.m.

Join Tree Team member and all-around tree promoter Jim Gersbach for a guided tour of a local treasure, the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum. Jim has intimate knowledge of this two-mile long urban forest, as he has been involved with the selection and care of the trees for many years.

Saturday, April 6, 2:30-4 p.m. Meet at the corner of NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and NE Ainsworth St. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather!

For more tree-related activities during Arbor Month, see the Portland Parks website.

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Friends of Trees Coming March 24!

by Dove Hotz

The Friends of Trees annual neighborhood planting will take place Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave. Our planting partner will again be the awesome Vernon neighborhood. We are on track to plant approximately 250 trees this year!

It takes many hands to get all these trees in the ground, so if you want a great volunteer experience, by all means join us on planting day. We are always in need of pickup trucks and drivers. Other things to help with: registering other volunteers, preparing and serving breakfast and lunch, serving on a planting crew, and cleaning up after the event. This year we will again feature delicious soups and dishes provided by volunteers, to feed our tired and hungry crews when they get back from their plantings. Call Dove at (503) 284-7622 or e-mail Concordia@plantitportland.org to learn more.

Many thanks to Friends of Trees for all their hard work and assistance, especially our fabulous neighborhood specialist Erica Timm. Volunteers on the coordinating committee are Erica, Brittin, Jordan, Cheryl, Rebecca, and myself. Special thanks also to NW Natural for their continued support.

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Tree Tour by Bike, 9/25

Join Jim Gersbach, local tree steward, member of the Concordia Tree Team and creator of the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum for a bicycle tour of the Ainsworth Arboretum. The tour will be held during NE Sunday Parkways on September 25, 2011 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.  The tour will meet at the NW corner of Alberta Park (by the bleachers) at NE 19th Ave. & Ainsworth.

The tour will stop at various points along the route to discuss the natural history and interesting stories about trees planted along Ainsworth both before and after it was designated a Linear Arboretum by the City of Portland.  Get to know trees from Mexico, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe and the eastern U.S. as well as West Coast natives.  Learn which trees have attractive flowers, fruit or fall color, and discover which ones are thriving here and which are struggling.

The Linear Arboretum is a showcase of tree diversity, featuring many underused and promising urban street trees that deserve to be better known.  Many of the trees along Ainsworth are investigational plantings being monitored to see how well they do in Portland during the rapid climate change anticipated from higher concentrations planetwide of greenhouse gases.

The Concordia Tree Team and Friends of Trees Vernon and Concordia Neighborhood Coordinators will be at Fernhill Park all day to answer questions about trees and how to get involved.

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Concordia Tree Team Gets SPACE Grant

The Concordia Tree Team was awarded an East Multnomah

Karl Dawson of Urban Forestry training Andrew Prasch and Brandon Ryan about supporting, pruning, watering, mulching, and weeding. Pictured: (L to R) Carl Dawson, Rebecca Wetherby, Andrew Prasch, Brandon Ryan.

Soil and Water Conservation District Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) grant. The grant, which was spearheaded by Tree Team member Rebecca Wetherby, is for the care and maintenance of the Living Landscapes project that was planted at the Meek High School. For nine weeks, starting the first week in July, two Meek High School students, Andrew Prasch and Brandon Ryan, will water, weed and provide maintenance to the newly planted trees at the High School. The grant not only provides care and maintenance but also summer income and a vested interest in the trees for the students.

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Ainsworth Linear Arboretum Tree Tour

Concordia Tree Team member Jim Gersbach will be leading a tree tour through the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum for Friends of Tree volunteers and any one else who interested. The tour will take place  on Saturday, July 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The group will meet in front of the church on the corner of Ainsworth and NE 30th.

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Tree Team Presentation at the Concordia Neighborhood Association

Please Join us Tuesday June at 7 PM
The Concordia Tree Team will present recent projects to the Concordia Neighborhood Association at the McMenamins’ Kennedy School Community Room. A special feature of the presentation is a detailed report on the Street Tree Inventory performed last fall. Tree Team members will be available for questions and to explain how the inventory can help improve the Concordia canopy. If you love trees, this is an event not to be missed!
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