Plant trees in Oakland!

  • April 19, 2014 · 9:00 AM
  • tree meetup place (we leave here at 9:15am)

Get a great start on your weekend by planting trees in Oakland!

Volunteers from the San Francisco Bay Chapter have been helping Oakland continue its public tree-planting program since early 2010. We have planted over 900 trees so far.

What: Planting trees that Oakland homeowners (or schools, libraries, or parks) have requested. The Sierra Club buys young trees from a nursery and takes them to each front yard or driveway.

Who: You and your friends. No experience is needed, and people who aren’t Sierra Club members are also welcome. We will organize you into teams of three or four, including at least one experienced planter who can teach the newbies. You should be able to lift 30 pounds (half of the weight of a new tree). Wear closed-toed shoes, clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty, and a hat for sun protection; bring water and a snack. We provide the shovels, picks, brooms, and gloves.

How: Dig a hole, remove the tree from its pot and put it into the ground, restore the soil around the roots, and sweep the sidewalk clean. Most teams can plant 3 – 5 trees in four hours. Other Sierra Club volunteers will do the follow-up work, such as installing steel stakes to help the young trees stay upright.

Where: The trees may be anywhere in Oakland, but first we meet to organize into teams and distribute the tools, and then we go to the planting sites. We meet at[masked]nd St. in north Oakland (at Shattuck Ave, near Ashby BART). You can bike or walk to the meeting place. If you have a car or truck, please consider bringing it to the meeting place so you can carry your team's other volunteers and supplies to the planting sites.

When: Saturday mornings, 9 am to 1 pm, November through June. Join us as often as you like. Teams will leave the meeting place shortly after 9. If it is raining heavily, we won’t plant on that day.

For more information or to join our mailing list of planters, contact Arthur Boone, Tree Team lead, at [masked] or (510) 910-6451.

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  • kathleen

    Arthur: I will not be able to attend the entire day, but I want so very much to do part of this day to honor the many volunteers, chief among them--you! I have appointments until 10 AM plus, and potential one in the middle of the day. I will call you to give you my cell and to ask for a cell # so I can check in--a "divided
    day" can still be an offering, I hope. Thanks, Kathleen N.

    April 17, 2014

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