Portland Parks Tree Giveaway

This Saturday, Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) Urban Forestry department will provide free trees to residents. The 6th Annual Yard Tree Giveaway program continues on October 15th, with two other dates on the 22nd and November 5th. Montavilla residents can collect trees from the PP&R Maintenance Yard at Mt Tabor Park on the November date. Trees are intended for planting on private property within the Portland City limits. Advance registration is required to secure up to two trees.

Residents have 21 approved tree types to choose from when registering. The assortment emphasizes large-growing, native, and evergreen trees because they are most beneficial to the environment. People can select the best time to pick up their trees during registration. PP&R staff will provide mulch and a watering bucket to help residents care for the newly planted tree.

Since the first Yard Tree Giveaway event in 2017, 5,000 trees have joined Portland’s urban canopy. This program increases tree cover across the City and makes trees more accessible. Funding support for this giveaway comes from the Parks Local Option Levy, and the program mainly targets residences in North and East Portland. Distribution focuses on neighborhoods with the highest temperatures and the fewest trees. Nearly all areas known as “heat islands” are located east of the Willamette River.

The distribution of free yard trees is a fundamental part of the City’s efforts to grow and maintain Portland’s tree canopy. Trees provide habitat for wildlife, shade for urban areas, and cleaner air. PP&R stresses the importance of Portland’s urban forest for people’s well-being, noting its physical, mental, emotional, and psychological benefits to neighbors.

People can register for their free tree in English and Spanish at portland.gov/free-yard-trees or call 503-823-4963 (Para ayuda en Español. llamé 503-939-0536). Complimentary delivery is available to homes in the St. Johns, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Cully, Centennial, Glenfair, and Sumner neighborhoods.

North Portland – Farragut Park
Saturday, October 15, 2022
8:30am – 1pm (pickup time determined upon advance registration)

Southeast Portland – The Gates Park Property
Saturday, October 22
8:30am – 1pm (pickup time determined upon advance registration)

Southeast Portland – Mt Tabor Community Garden (Enter at SE 64th Avenue & SE Lincoln Street)
Saturday, November 5, 2022
8:30am – 1pm (pickup time determined upon advance registration)