Portland to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

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Portland, Ore. – October 1, 2006. Friends of Trees today announced that it will host the Fun Run for Restoration. This event is one of more than 100 regreening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). Friends of Trees is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.

Friends of Trees is hosting the first annual “Fun Run for Restoration.” The “Fun Run” is a 5 mile run and 3.5 mile walk to promote awareness of street trees and raise money for Friends of Trees’ work. The course will traverse through two neighborhoods, Sellwood and East Moreland, where FOT has planted street trees for several years and will wind through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge where FOT has done numerous native plant and tree plantings over the past five years. Planted trees will have signs in front of them as will the native restoration sites.
Partners include: Nike Factory Store, a local radio station, local running clubs, the Metro board president, and the Assistant Director of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. We expect 500 runners/walkers and will have several tree friendly organizations and businesses tabling. Our volunteer photographer will be on hand to take photos of the event. We expect approximately 75 volunteers will be helping including the Cleveland High School cross country team. All participants will receive a Nike T-shirts and Gymsack.
Friends of Trees’ celebration will take place as follows:
Oct 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oaks Bottom Park / Wildlife Refuge.
Read the full Friends of Trees press release. (PDF)