Tree Star Thanks

Concordia Neighborhood, Portland, OR.

A People and Tree Appreciation Project.

It isn’t always easy having a big evergreen tree growing in your yard. It is appreciated. In Portland’s Concordia Neighborhood, there are a lot of tall evergreen trees. When I walk around there, I always appreciate the urban forest and have wanted to say thank you to the people who live there for sharing their yards with the trees.

As a token of appreciation, “Tree Star Thanks” medals and cards have been delivered to 50 homes in the Concordia Neighborhood, NE Portland, OR.

Medal materials: Douglas fir branches collected in Alberta Park that had been dropped during a windstorm; hemp string; recycled glass.

Find out about the benefits of urban trees:

Oregon Department of Forestry

City of Portland, Oregon. Bureau of Environmental Services.

City of Portland, Oregon, Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Urban Forestry.

Below is a note and a link to a handy graphic about the benefits of urban trees – From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

“Large urban trees are excellent filters for urban pollutants and fine particulates. Trees can provide food, such as fruits, nuts and leaves. Spending time near trees improves physical and mental health by increasing energy level and speed of recovery, while decreasing blood pressure and stress. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and save energy used for heating by 20–50%. Trees provide habitat, food and protection to plants and animals, increasing urban biodiversity…planting trees today is essential for future generations!”

Benefits of urban trees.

“Tree Star Thanks” is first in a series of “Thank You Projects.’ All are invited to create Thank You Projects. Post them to #thankyouprojects on Instagram.