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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Adding trees, cleaning rivers - September 9, 2013

A beautiful tree-lined street is not only pleasant on the eyes but also helpful for our rivers.

 

The Bureau of Environmental Services outreach team,"team of trees," has been out and about this summer, canvassing to find available spaces for street trees. Working with Friends of Trees and local residents, the outreach team works to get trees planted on your street.

 

Thanks to great community partners and volunteers, BES has helped get 32,000 new trees planted since 2008. When mature, these trees will be capturing an estimated 18 million gallons of rain before it turns into stormwater runoff.

 

BES canvassers are especially focused in areas of low tree canopy, particularly in East Portland, and are offering subsidized trees to residents. Think you might want a street tree? Contact BES at (503) 823 – Tree (8733), or Friends of Trees directly at (503) 282 – 8846.