Free Tree Program
Providing Native Plants to Shade Waterways
Marion County Environmental Services works with local watershed councils to provide free, native trees and plants for restoration projects along impacted waterways. Contact your local watershed council to find out how to participate in restoration projects.
Why give Free Trees?
Planting trees and shrubs along rivers and streams shades waterways, reducing stream temperatures. High water temperatures allow for bacteria, overloading of nutrients, and unwanted organism to inhabit the waters we fish and swim in. Too many nutrients makes it difficult for marine life such as fish to live and reproduce.
Trees and shrubs are also important along streams and rivers to stabilize banks. Rainstorms or even the natural river flow can erode bank sides causing sediment and debris to enter the waterways. Trees and shrubs soak up precipitation before it can run off the soil and cause erosion. Too much sediment and debris is harmful to aquatic life and takes more resources to remove for the Oregonians downstream that use water for drinking.
Vegetation also acts as a natural water filter, removing toxins from the soil and polluted ground water before it enters surface water.
Waterways are prime habitat location as wildlife can find drinking water and an abundance of food. Planting more trees and shrubs will provide more food and shelter for wildlife.