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Friends of Trees Expands Fall Leadership Trainings

To meet a growing need for trees, Friends of Trees has expanded its leadership trainings this year for key volunteers who lead planters at weekend events. Three weekend trainings will be offered in November, one for crew leaders at natural area plantings and two for crew leaders at neighborhood plantings. All three trainings are free, but advance registration is required. To register, contact Cara Coffee at 503-282-8846 ext. 12 or [email protected]

Natural Area Restoration Crew Leader Training Sat., Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood

Vancouver Neighborhood Trees Crew Leader Training & Planting in Vancouver Heights Neighborhood Sat., Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Columbia Presbyterian Church 8715 SE St. Helens Rd., Vancouver

Portland Neighborhood Trees Crew Leader Training & Planting in Brooklyn & Sellwood-Westmoreland Neighborhoods Sat., Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. River Oaks Four Square Church 7805 SE 17th Ave., Portland

Local experts will teach participants about local ecosystems, proper tree-planting techniques, the multiple benefits of city trees, and how to lead groups of volunteers. During Friends of Trees’ November-to-April planting season, each trained crew leader will guide small groups of volunteers at weekend plantings. For more details, visit "Be a Leader" under "Volunteer" at www.FriendsofTrees.org.

Friends of Trees’ Natural Area Restoration program enhances degraded urban natural areas to improve air and water quality, preserve biodiversity and native species, prevent erosion, and improve wildlife habitat. Friends of Trees’ Neighborhood Trees program brings neighbors, community groups and businesses together to plant street and yard trees and build community.

Friends of Trees brings people in the Portland-Vancouver area together to plant and care for city trees and urban natural areas. City trees clean our air and water, and slow climate change by providing shade and windbreaks to reduce our energy use. For more information, visit www.FriendsofTrees.org.