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We plant trees in Oakland where people ask us to -- along streets, at parks, at schools, and more -- especially in the parts of town that need trees the most. Join us if you want to use your muscles and your mind to help make Oakland a (literally) greener place. For more info, go to http://TreesForOakland.org .

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Plant trees with Trees for Oakland!

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Looking for a small but impactful way to help in the fight against climate change, and green your community over a weekend? Volunteer to plant trees! Our Tree Team plants trees in sidewalks all around Oakland. As these trees grow, they help to improve air quality, sequester carbon, and improve the environmental conditions of our neighborhoods. Many of the beautiful large trees you see along sidewalks are a result of our volunteers, and we still have so much more to do. No experience is required, but volunteers should be ready to do some digging and get a bit dirty.

What: Planting trees along sidewalks and streets in Oakland for homeowners. After the training, we will split into smaller groups and drive to the sites.

Who: You! Bring your friends and/or make new ones. No experience is needed. You should be able to lift 30 pounds (half the weight of a new tree).

What to Bring: Wear closed-toed shoes, clothes that you can get dirty, and a hat for sun protection; bring your own water, lunch and a snack. We'll provide the shovels, picks, brooms, and gloves, but if you have your own please bring them along as we are short on supplies these days.

If you are bringing a minor, please let us know.

How: Dig a hole, take the tree out of its pot and put it into the ground, backfill the soil around the roots, and sweep the sidewalk clean. (Don't worry; we'll teach you whatever you don't know -- or take a peek at the guide here: http://www.treesforoaklandflatlands.org/plant-a-tree.html)

Where: Meet at our staging area at Derby Ave and East 10th St, 10 minutes walk from Fruitvale BART. The trees will be in other places around town, so please be on time so we can meet before we disperse.

We can plant in light rain, but if we decide to cancel because of heavier rain, we'll announce it here by 8am.

For more information or to join our email list, contact us at [masked].

Note: There is no bathroom on-site so make sure to go before you arrive!

If you are lost or running late, call or text Soo-Rae at[masked]

Sundays on Bancroft Trees =100 Trees

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We will be planting 100 large/long lived mostly Oaks arriving in #15 size containers.. Soil prep for planting at least 20 trees will be completed in this event with planting scheduled for Sunday Oct 23. In pursuit of planting and growing a total of 100 new trees in Bancroft Ave Median. This day has Sponsorship from One Tree Planted in coordination with City of Oakland & a State funded Cal Fire grant. Our goal for this date is to prep minimum of 20 planting sites. Please bring gloves, sun hat, water bottle and closed toe shoes.

The condition of the soils on the median will vary considerably because the city discontinued most plant care after the 2008 great recession. While some of the previous plantings survived, many barren places have existed without plant growth for over 13 years. Trees for Oakland will be accountable for 100 trees to survive with followup tree care....but first we must improve the soil biology, water infiltration capability and protect from more human destruction.

Sundays on Bancroft Median - 100 Trees

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Please wear closed toe shoes, working gloves and your water bottle.
Our goal is to plant the first batch of trees [20] in spaces with previously prepared holes and soil amendments. We will be placing cardboard and wood chips around the tree to mimic a natural Oak forest floor. Watering and installing a protective structure made of 3 stakes with supportive crossbars protecting against wind, animals and light human disturbances.
Timing and complexity with followup events will depend on what we learn in October with commitment to finish the full 100 before March 2023. The followup challenge will be structuring summer watering with following general expectations:
1. For #15 sized trees, once per week is ideal during the dry season, for the first year. Second year, once every two weeks. Final 3rd year monthly.
2. If rains don't kick in mid to late fall, keep watering, but with decreasing frequency as befits shortening days and lower sun angle. Don't let them dry out in the fall - this is a key time for root growth
3. If it's a dry winter, try to water them monthly
4. Also if late winter into spring is dry as it was in 2022, make sure trees get at least a bit of water. Spring is another critical time for root growth.

Do any of you volunteers have experience implementing a drip irrigation system? Do you know youth that would like to get a few extra $$ taking responsibility for weekly watering duties?

Sundays on Bancroft Median - 100 Trees

Needs a location

Please wear closed toe shoes, working gloves and your water bottle.
Our goal is to plant the first batch of trees [20] in spaces with previously prepared holes and soil amendments. We will be placing cardboard and wood chips around the tree to mimic a natural Oak forest floor. Watering and installing a protective structure made of 3 stakes with supportive crossbars protecting against wind, animals and light human disturbances.
Timing and complexity with followup events will depend on what we learn in October with commitment to finish the full 100 before March 2023. The followup challenge will be structuring summer watering with following general expectations:
1. For #15 sized trees, once per week is ideal during the dry season, for the first year. Second year, once every two weeks. Final 3rd year monthly.
2. If rains don't kick in mid to late fall, keep watering, but with decreasing frequency as befits shortening days and lower sun angle. Don't let them dry out in the fall - this is a key time for root growth
3. If it's a dry winter, try to water them monthly
4. Also if late winter into spring is dry as it was in 2022, make sure trees get at least a bit of water. Spring is another critical time for root growth.

Do any of you volunteers have experience implementing a drip irrigation system? Do you know youth that would like to get a few extra $$ taking responsibility for weekly watering duties?

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Final Save the Trees event in 2022

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