Friends of Trees was founded by Richard Seidman in the Portland-Vancouver metro area in 1989. By expanding to Eugene and Springfield in 2011, Friends of Trees has built on the strength of the former Eugene Tree Foundation and its years-long commitment to the area's urban forest.
Our goals in both of these Northwest communities are to increase tree canopy, restore green spaces, and build community. We do this by empowering people to organize neighborhood plantings and by training volunteer crew leaders to guide volunteer planters at weekend events.
Through our Neighborhood Trees program, homeowners can buy discounted trees to plant with their neighbors at weekend plantings. Through our Green Space Initiative, trained crew leaders guide volunteers at weekend events to restore green spaces in our communities.