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Pacific Northwest Tree Planting Report - December 2018
The Pacific Northwest region has been very active in planting trees for Amma’s 65th birthday project. Devotees from that region had pledged to plant 228 trees but, as of December 15, 2018, they had planted 908! The actual number of newly planted trees is probably considerably higher than 908, because some individuals and groups haven’t reported yet, and others joined community planting groups and don’t know how many trees their subgroup planted. This report contains tree planting information and photos from Portland, Maltby, Vashon Island, Seattle and Victoria.

Portland Satsang

Amma’s Portland Satsang joined Friends of Trees on Saturday, October 13, 2018, to serve the City of Beaverton and Clean Water Services at Upper Fanno Wetland. More than 40 volunteers participated; around 15 of them were from the Portland satsang. The whole group planted 499 native trees and shrubs to green this special site. They experienced some very poor soil conditions (i.e., really rocky!) that made planting challenging, but that didn’t stop them! In fact, they even did some significant trash seva on site.

Strong tree planters at Maltby Farm Getting ready to plant a tree Freshly planted tree
MA Center: PNW at Maltby Farm

Eleven volunteers gathered at Maltby Farm on October 13 and planted a total of 283 Willow tree cuttings (live stakes). These trees will help control the non-native and invasive reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) on the property. The trees will be creating shade in a couple of years and this type of grass does not grow in the shade. On October 20, 2018 they planted 136 more willows for a total of 419 trees.

Learning proper tractor operation Surveying the newly-planted trees Anavadya hauls seedlings

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Sri Lakshmi on Vashon Island

Sri Lakshmi and her family made a pledge to plant 21 trees for Amma’s 65th birthday. They didn’t know where the trees would come from or what kind of trees they would be, other than the fact that they wanted 12 of them to be fruit trees. They had no idea how their family would accomplish this simple gift. Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, the family ended up planting 340 trees!

For more details read: Free Trees Part 1, Free Trees Part 2 and Free Trees Part 3.

A baby tree
Green Seattle Day
Haley and friends give a tree a kiss Haley and tree-planting friends Each year, the Green Seattle Partnership sponsors a Green Seattle Day. On that day, work parties are held in parklands all over Seattle. On November 3, 2018, five GreenFriends members and two of their friends joined 119 other volunteers at Cheasty Mt. View Park. One of the leaders encouraged the participants to plant from a place of gratitude. After Haley planted the tree in the photo below, other members of our GreenFriends contingent decided to give it a kiss.

The 126 volunteers planted 800 trees, shrubs and ground covers during the first hour of this work party. During the remaining two hours, they removed invasive blackberry, bindweed and ivy vines from the site.

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Victoria Satsang

On November 17, 2018, several Victoria satsang members participated in a tree planting event. This community event was part of a larger, city-wide tree appreciation day. It was held at Newman Farm where local volunteers, along with tree planting experts, gathered to plant fruit trees and native shrubs.

Digging holes to plant trees Young tree planters Planting trees at Newman Farm


If you or your group have planted trees for this North American event and haven’t reported them yet, please report them to the tree-planting form. When you do plant your tree or trees, please send photos of it and/or your tree-planting stories to info@greenfriendsna.org.

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