Target: Governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber
Goal: Encourage support for volunteer-driven planting of trees in Oregon metro areas.
The presence of trees in urban areas represents a great asset to Oregon’s cities and towns. They have a variety of positive impacts from simply improving people’s moods to actively filtering carbon dioxide out of the air on a 24 hour basis. Encouraging citizens to take action as volunteers by planting more trees in Oregon’s metro areas would be highly beneficial to our community and environment.
The merits of urban forestry are numerous. Besides improving air quality, trees conserve water and reduce soil erosion with the spread of their roots, reduce heating and cooling costs for local homes by providing a natural barrier against sun and wind, and in doing so increase property value. They also create mini-habitats for birds and other neighborhood wildlife, and offer shelter, allowing other smaller plants to grow that would otherwise be absent from the area.
There is already a helpful organization in place called Friends of Trees that provides several programs through which volunteers can help out in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield areas. Citizens mobilize on weekends by bike or truck to plant new saplings on neighborhood streets where residents have requested them. New hands are always needed and can provide help in any number of ways, including the actual act of planting, to taking calls for the organization, to making potluck lunches for other volunteers.
New trees in our neighborhoods throughout Oregon are advantageous in all areas, from environmental standpoints to terms of home value. Signing this petition urges Governor Kitzhaber to support volunteers in planting trees in Oregon’s metro areas.
Dear Governor Kitzhaber,
The Pacific Northwest is defined in part by its wealth of natural forests which provide a backdrop to our history. These trees remain an integral part of citizens lives today in all that they do for local communities. In addition to improving air and soil quality around the clock simply by their presence, trees in metro areas also save money by reducing heating and cooling costs as natural barriers to weather, and in doing so benefit property value.
There is an organization called Friends of Trees that provides programs through which volunteers can participate in keeping our neighborhoods diverse and healthy by planting new trees where residents have requested them. I urge you to support this organization and the creation of new groups raising citizens’ awareness to ensure that Oregon’s cities always have the virtues of local trees.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Peter Warila