More than a Decade of Dedication
Communities of the Tualatin River Watershed came together to develop a coordinated plan for managing water resources. Their plan emphasized the health of the Tualatin River and its tributaries, while taking into account community values and regional economic needs.
Tree for All (a solution for all)
A top priority for the health of the Tualatin River was keeping its water cool. A beautiful solution was to plant trees, which would provide shade, wildlife habitat, and many other water quality benefits. Even better, engaging the community in tree planting offered a chance to build a legacy of stewardship. The solution to the problem was clear, and the Tree for All community stream planting challenge was born.
The original Tree for All team set out to plant one million trees and shrubs in 20 years. They started with a big to-do list:
- Develop partnerships with like-minded agencies and non-profits
- Figure out where the trees should go
- Work with local nurseries to ensure that there were enough trees to plant
- Locate and mobilize contractors to help with planting
In less than a decade, we exceeded the original, twenty-year goal. Thanks to these incredible partnerships, in fact, Tree for All planted more than two million native trees and shrubs in a single planting season (2014-2015).