I know…who wants to count trees, right? Especially at 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday. I mean, if you want to volunteer for something this weekend, why not sleep in a little, head to the Portland Mercado, dig a bit, and collect some free food?
That would be the easy choice, though. And someone needs to count our trees. It could be you. The Mercado will get done–there’s money behind it, political will to make it happen, and many stoked neighbors that are willing to jump on that wagon. But counting trees? Those volunteers are harder to come by…and way less sexy. But necessary. Don’t forget necessary.
Volunteers in the neighborhood are in the process of surveying the health of our local tree system and where gaps in the canopy exist. The goal is to identify areas for improvement, then use that information to connect with resources that may make getting more trees easier and cheaper. (If you haven’t heard, Friends of Trees is already offering free trees to Foster-Powell residents).
Saturday will be the second of four work days to survey the neighborhood, and the success of the effort relies heavily on the volunteers who lend a hand. If this is something you’re interested in, your fellow tree people will be meeting at Holgate Library between 8:00 and 8:30 Saturday morning, with the inventory going until noon. And if you got juice left, you could probably still swing by the Mercado for some free food. (The Depave event goes until 2:30.)
Get more info on the Foster-Powell Tree Inventory here: https://www.facebook.com/events/787388054618144/?ref=22