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Since 1995 the mission of the Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project has been to organize and manage regular tree plantings in the Lents neighborhood - an area in Portland, Oregon with a few economic challenges as well as a lot of potential. We plant native trees and shrubs along the Springwater Corridor – a 35 mile "Rails to Trails" Park that leads from downtown Portland up into the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Springwater Corridor website
Springwater Corridor map

These plantings are done by the residents of Lents, but primarily by the kids of this neighborhood – from schools such as Kelly and Lent Elementary, Lane Middle School, and Marshall High School, as well as Lents Boys and Girls Club and the Lents Little League. Over the twenty year history of the project there have been over 250 plantings with over 60,000 native trees and shrubs planted by over 6000 kids and 6000 adults.

In addition to the 15 - 20 annual tree plantings, the project manages monthly volunteer workdays every month throughout the year except December and January - preparing areas for future plantings, blackberry removal, weeding, mulching, watering, maintaining existing plants, litter pickup, etc.

We will have 18 plantings during the 2016-2017 planting season. These plantings will be done by Lents area student and adult volunteers: at least 250 students from Lents area schools and 200 adults. Maintenance will also be done by local volunteers as well as by Portland Parks and Recreation. There will be at least 10 community volunteer workdays throughout the year for maintaining these as well as other previous plantings. There will be an average of 10 or 12 adults at each workday and a total of at least 150 volunteers throughout the year.

This work is a joint effort between the Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project, Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors and Portland Parks and Recreation. The project is funded through the generous support of:

  1. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

  2. The Community Watershed Stewardship Program of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services

  3. Nature in the Neighborhoods a Metro Program

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their valued contributions:

  1. Multnomah County Community Services donates crews for a lot of maintenance work as well as site preparation for future plantings.

This program is directly coordinated by Ed Kerns. Ed is supervised by Mart Hughes and Susan Hawes of Portland Parks & Recreation.


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