Concordia Tree Team Meets Thursday, May 5, 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.

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Tour the Ainsworth Arboretum

Concordia tree steward Jim Gersbach will be leading a walking tour of trees in the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum from Fernhill Park to Alberta Park on Thursday evening, May 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Meet on the NE 37th Avenue side of Fernhill Park on the south end of the tennis courts (not far from the merry go round).  The walk is free and part of the City of Portland’s Green Walks series.  Gersbach will discuss the natural history of some of the many tree species along the route, including their suitability as street and yard trees in Portland.

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

All are welcome. Proposed agenda items:

1. Show-and-tell — Bring your interesting tree stories or items!
2. NE 42nd and Lombard planting — Let’s pat ourselves on the back a little 😉
3. CTT stewardship plan — Next steps
4. Heritage tree nomination
5. New leadership for tree team

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Sixty-three Trees Planted at NE 42nd and Lombard

by the Concordia Tree Team

On March 4th members of the Concordia Tree Team, Cully Neighborhood Association, The Ainsworth Street Collective and BES took part in an impressive tree planting at the intersection of NE 42nd and Lombard Avenues. The planting is part of Portland’s Grey to Green Canopy initiative which is headed by the Bureau of Environmental Services.

After meetings prior to the planting, along with neighborhood feedback, BES designed a diverse mix of 63 good sized conifers and deciduous trees. The plan includes specimens from every inhabited continent on earth as well as many northwest native species — all important for intercepting winter runoff, cutting noise and pollution into the neighborhood from highway, rail and airport.

The planting is also culturally significant. NE 42nd is a gateway avenue shared by both Cully and Concordia. With an international theme we selected trees native to Mexico, the homeland of a significant and growing Latino population, as well as trees from the southern U.S. representing the wave of African-American and white workers who came to work in the World War II shipyards and then settled in our neighborhoods. Trees from Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and Australia represent ancestors that came from those continents. If you are a Native American from a Northwest tribe or a native-born Oregonian of any ethnicity, we have trees native to the Pacific Northwest.

Concordia Tree Team member Jim Gersbach said, “The intersection will now have a unique arborscape that will look distinctive and attractive all year round with a combination of trees not found together anywhere in the city except for maybe Hoyt Arboretum.”

Carolyn Mistell, owner of Delphina’s Bakery and member of the 42nd Avenue Business Association, says “We’re thrilled to know that we will have a beautiful grove of trees at the northern entrance of our business district. This is a wonderful development.”

Bob Pallesen, a CNA board member said, “This is a great example of how the city and neighborhoods can work together successfully.”

A BES contractor will monitor and water the trees for two years after planting, and the Bureau of Maintenance will be responsible for mowing and other issues.

To learn more about tree-related activities taking place in our neighborhood, or to volunteer please subscribe to our blog in the right column. We meet the first Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. in the New Seasons dining area.

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Major Tree Planting at NE 42nd and Lombard

by Dove Hotz, Chair, Concordia Tree Team

Your local tree boosters are pleased to report that a significant planting will occur this Friday, March 4, at the intersection of NE 42nd and Lombard Avenues. In January, Concordia and Cully neighbors met with representatives from the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services to talk about our vision for the site. This project is part of the city’s Grey to Green initiative which promotes the use of natural systems to improve water quality. Other considerations involved safety, visibility, air quality, and ease of maintenance.

BES is leading the project, which has been approved by the other relevant City of Portland agencies. A private contractor will monitor and water the trees for two years after planting, and the Bureau of Maintenance will be responsible for mowing and other issues.

With feedback from the affected neighborhoods, BES has designed a diverse mix of up to 60 good-sized conifers and deciduous trees, which will represent the four corners of the earth and will include many northwest native species. This planting will also serve as an attractive gateway to the Concordia and Cully neighborhoods, particularly to the NE 42nd Avenue business district. Carolyn Mistell, owner of Delphina’s Bakery and member of the 42nd Avenue Business Association, says “We’re thrilled to know that we will have a beautiful grove of trees at the northern entrance of our business district. This is a wonderful development.”

The trees will be planted this Friday at 1 p.m., by city personnel and volunteers; any remaining work will be finished by the contractor. Volunteer assistance is welcome — if you are interested in helping with the planting, please contact Rebecca Wetherby at rebecca@happypredicament.com.

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Tree Team Meets Thursday, March 3, 6-7 p.m. at New Seasons

The Concordia Tree Team will hold its regular monthly meeting this Thursday, March 3, 6-7 p.m. in the Concordia New Seasons dining area. Proposed agenda items:

1. Show-and-tell — got any cool tree items to share?
2. This Friday’s planting at NE 42nd & Lombard
3. The March 26 Friends of Trees planting (we need pickup trucks!)
4. Next steps for the Concordia stewardship plan
5. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome!

Hope to see you there.

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Friends of Trees Coming March 26!

by Dove Hotz, Chair, Concordia Tree Team

The Friends of Trees annual neighborhood planting will take place Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave. Our planting partner will again be the awesome Vernon neighborhood. FOT account sign-up is now closed, but if you already have an account, you have until March 13 to place your order at Friends of Trees. We are on track to plant approximately 200 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. 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 a soup-making contest to feed our tired and hungry volunteers when they get back from their plantings. Everyone casts a vote for their favorite soup, stew, or chili, and the crock-pot with the most points wins! 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 specially assigned neighborhood specialist Erica Timm. Your neighborhood coordinators this year are Erica Strauss and Brittin Witzenberg from Vernon; and Jordan McCann, Rebecca Wetherby, and myself from Concordia. Special thanks also to NW Natural for their continued support.

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Winter Tree Identification Workshop on Saturday, February 12

The City of Portland Urban Forestry is sponsoring a free workshop to help you hone your tree ID skills. Led by Hoyt Arboretum Curator Martin Nicholson, the three-hour course starts at 9 a.m. Meet at the Arboretum visitor center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland. Pre-registration required; call (503) 823-2525, or register online and enter course number 341094.

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Intersection of NE 42nd & Lombard will receive dozens of trees!

by Dove Hotz

About 20 people met on January 6 to discuss a proposed planting of several dozen trees at the intersection of NE 42nd & Lombard. Cully and Concordia neighbors talked with representatives from the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services about their vision for the “look and feel” of that site.

This project is part of the City’s Grey to Green initiative which promotes the use of natural systems to improve water quality. BES is leading the project, which has been approved by the other relevant City of Portland agencies. A private contractor will monitor and water the trees for two years after planting, and the Bureau of Maintenance will be responsible for mowing and other issues.

The lively discussion covered issues of safety, visibility, species diversity, air quality, aesthetics, and ease of maintenance. Overall, the group preferred a mix of large broadleaves and conifers, a distinctive character, and the potential for year-round seasonal interest — with perhaps a few “specimen” trees of unusual or rare species.

The trees are scheduled to be planted around the end of February or early March. If you are interested in helping with the planting or have other questions, please subscribe to our blog on  the righthand side of this web page.

Thanks to Concordia University for the use of a meeting room in their impressive new library!

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Friends of Trees Sponsors Tree Selection Presentation

Friends of Trees and the Concordia Tree Team would like to welcome you to a special presentation by long-time Friends of Trees volunteer Jim Gersbach. Jim has an incredible knowledge about Portland’s urban forest — from how different species tolerate our urban climate, to which trees grow where across the city. He is also the visionary behind the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum that runs for about two miles along NE Ainsworth Street between MLK Blvd. and Fernhill Park. Jim has not only planted dozens of rare and unusual trees here, but he has hand watered them through many a hot summer. He regularly leads tours of the Aboretum; if you are interested in an upcoming tour of this unique neighborhood resource, contact the Tree Team at concordiatreeteam@yahoo.com.

Please join us on Thursday, January 20, 7-9 p.m. at the Concordia University Library for an evening of tree talk and rare photos. You’ll receive detailed information and ask questions about the tree species that Friends of Trees is offering this year. Concordia Tree Team members will also be present. This presentation is free, and light refreshments will be provided. We thank Concordia University for the generous use of their space.

This season’s Concordia planting with Friends of Trees is Saturday, March 26, 2011, but you do not have to be planting a tree this year in order to enjoy this great presentation. For more about Friends of Trees or to order a street or yard tree, see their web site at friendsoftrees.org

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