City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Grey to Green Program:
We're on our 7th year of tree planting for the City of Portland, as part of their Grey to Green Tree Program, which involves us planting thousands of trees throughout the Portland Metro Area in high traffic areas (vehicular and pedestrian), along busy streets, in right-of-ways, and adjacent to private residences. This tree planting project is also in conjunction with Friends of Trees.
Tree Procurement & Planting Process:
We received tree lists that we procured immediately, followed by a planting map (shown below). When the maps and addresses were received, we called in utility locates right away to ensure no delay in our planting schedule. As part of the contract, we managed all delivery/handling of the trees and materials. We furnished and installed other items as part of the install, such as: root barrier, compost, bark mulch, tree stakes and ties. Furthermore, management of traffic control and other safety measurements were done at time of planting.
Portland French Tree Planting Map
Tree Installation per Plans
at Portland French School
Two-Year Establishment Period:
After the trees were planted, we then began a two-year establishment period. Trees were monitored for their progress; this included but was not limited to: restoring bark mulch rings, replacing damaged or missing stakes and ties, replacing tree labels, pruning, and watering. The watering required that we carry a Water Hydrant Permit through the City for our water truck. Trees under the establishment period received yearly inspections as part of the warranty we provided. Inspection reports from the City of Portland and Cascadian were combined to create a final tree replacement list. These trees were then procured, delivered and replaced by us within 30-days.
During the past six years, we planted trees along I-5 that were planted along the freeway, adjacent to overpasses, soundwalls, and on-ramps. Downtown Portland required planting in right-of-ways, including sidewalks that received concrete cuts, and in extremely high traffic, dense areas with very limited access.
The Portland Public Schools tree planting phase required that our workers undergo a background check; only those with badges could enter school grounds. We were given a 10-day notice for the Hosford School Project. We had to procure all trees, deliver them to the site, and have the site prepared for the MLS Portland Timbers Charity Event in time for FOX 12 to film them for the 5 o'clock news.
Portland Public Schools
NW Portland & Goose Hollow
Portland International Raceway (PIR)
CEID Residential & Commercial Properties
Tabor to the River
NW Industrial Avenues (Waterfront)
SE Portland (Ladd, Hawthorne, Division)
Multnomah Blvd Mitigation
Parkrose Residential Neighborhoods
Reynolds School District
I-5 Corridors ODOT & Soundwalls
Housing Authority Properties
Multiple Parks thoughout the City of Portland
Rigler School Tree Planting & First Initial Watering