"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Friends of Trees

Location: Oregon

Website: www.friendsoftrees.org

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.

Check our Portland-Vancouver calendar and our Eugene-Springfield calendar for upcoming events.

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