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Eastmoreland has a lot of trees -- but, if they want them in years ahead, they must add to them

DAVID F. ASHTON - ENA Tree Committee members Catherine Mushel, Matt McGraw, Jerry Beatty, Friends of Trees Neighborhood Tree Specialist Michelle Yasutake, Tren Haselton, Tim Moore, and Carlotta Richard think this wide parking strip is just the right spot for a large tree that can live for 100 years or more. The Eastmoreland neighborhood has a tree canopy that's the envy of many Portland residential areas. But, members of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) Tree Committee are not resting on their laurels.

"We're kicking off a campaign at our May ENA meeting that we're calling '100 Trees for 100 Years' or, more briefly, 'Eastmoreland 100 x 100'," reported Catherine Mushel for the committee.

The campaign goes well beyond merely planting more street trees in the right-of-way, Mushel said. "We are strategizing ways for people keep people reminded to water and take care of their trees, even after a house sells, so the next owner will then take care of the trees."

In 2011, and again in 2018, volunteers took a "tree inventory" of Eastmoreland and discovered there were just over 4,000 spaces for trees – and only about 3,000 trees. "Last's summer re-inventory showed that we hadn't made much of a dent in the vacant tree spaces that we had," Mushel told THE BEE.

So, the committee is working with Friends of Trees and Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry to further "green" the neighborhood.

After the committee rolls out the program at the upcoming ENA meeting, neighbors will be canvassing the neighborhood, street by street, to contact homeowners whose parking strips have an ideal space for new trees.

"Then, we'll have a Friends of Trees planting this fall or winter," Mushel said.

Eastmoreland residents, or others who are interested, can see an interactive map of where trees are now located – and where the candidate sites for new trees are – online at streettrees.eastmorelandpdx.org

"People can contact us through the ENA's website – www.eastmorelandpdx.org – and we'll be promoting it in the ENA Newsletter – and we'll welcome volunteers for canvassing the neighborhood this summer," Mushel concluded.


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