Tree Planting at Joseph L. Meek Pro Tech HS By Barbara Wharton
Meek School at 39th Ave and Alberta Court has 11 new trees thanks to a partnership between the school, Portland Public Schools, Concordia Neighborhood Association Tree Team, Friends of Trees, and City of Portland’s Urban Forestry. The trees were planted on April 2 by representatives of all sponsoring organizations and a dozen students who are assigned this project as part of their senior curriculum. The trees offer an educational value to students at Meek, as well as a diverse addition to the expanding Concordia Forest.
The school was designated as a target location for tree planting by the Concordia Neighborhood Association when a large sycamore was removed several years ago. Additionally, the trees will provide a break from the east winds, possibly mitigating some of the air quality problems in our neighborhood. Ongoing efforts were rewarded this year when Concordia resident and Portland Tree Steward, Jim Gersbach joined the Tree Team. He was instrumental in developing the Learning Landscape plan that finally brought all necessary participants together.
Ten more trees will be planted next autumn to transform the barren field into the home of an unique botanical collection. Japanese umbrella pines will be added in that planting to the over six varieties of oaks and two dawn redwoods.
Help the Trees Survive the Summer
As we approach the drier summer months the Tree Team will be canvassing the neighborhood surrounding the school to solicit help in keeping the new trees watered adequately. If you can help with this important follow-up task, please contact the Neighborhood Association or the Tree Team.
A special thank you goes out to Larry Light whose landscape services company TreeHappy Tree Services donated mulch and assisted with the planting.