Think “Pacific Northwest.” What comes to mind? Forests, rivers, fish and rain are just a few of the iconic images of the region. And while those are true, it’s also true that the place we call home in the Portland, Oregon, metro area isn’t as tree-filled as it once was. Friends of Trees, an Oregon non-profit, engages groups and individuals to re-forest parks and natural areas as well as add to our urban canopy.
Here at McKenzie Worldwide, we love trees and the wildlife they support. So, one cloudy (but dry!) day recently we decided to give Mother Nature a big helping hand by joining Friends of Trees and dozens of other volunteers to do some tree TLC. We were joined by community members and teams of employees from other area companies, including Starbucks.
Our target: Happy Valley Park. Our task: whittle down a mountain of mulch by one bucket-full at a time and spread it around the trees and shrubs other Friends of Trees volunteers had planted during the winter. As you can see from the photos below, the event involved a lot of buckets, wheelbarrows and grinning people, including us! Needless to say, this won’t be the last time we give back to the community because helping others, including Mother Nature, just feels good.