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Quarterly Newsletter                          March 2011

  Hi Neighbor!
In This Issue
It's Tree Planting Time
Spring Fundraiser
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Photography Contest
Citywide Tree Project


Elms Update

 American elm leaf
Q1, 2011 Activity

It's too early in the season to identify possible new instances of Dutch elm disease.  We'll be on the lookout during spring.  In the next newsletter we'll review new products and strategies SOE is employing to combat DED this season.


Also in the next newsletter we'll provide an update on our tree planting efforts.  In the interim, SOE continues to work with homeowners to grind stumps and identify locations for new trees.

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Tree plantersIt's Tree Planting Time - Join Us!


You know street trees are one of the attributes that makes our neighborhood truly unique.  Please help us keep it that way.  Join us as we plant 48 saplings in Ladd's Addition this Saturday, March 12.  We will meet at Palio, rain or shine, at 9:00 am.  With generous financial assistance from Friends of Trees, we will be planting twice as many trees as last year, so extra volunteers are essential this spring! 


With so many trees in the neighborhood reaching end of life and with recent losses to disease, planting these new trees is more important than ever.  Join your neighbors, have fun and make a difference.  No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome.  Bring gloves, and if you can, a shovel, large bucket, hose, pruners, street broom and ax. 


Sign up or ask questions by sending an email to Toby Deming at  Or just show up Saturday morning.  We look forward to seeing you then.





Spring Fundraising 


We need to raise nearly $11,000 to cover this year's costs associated with inoculation, planting, stump removal, pruning and other 2011 tree care efforts.  It's expensive and essential work that improves the value and beauty of our neighborhood.  Over the last 20 years, member support has enabled us to save almost all of the majestic Dutch elms that grace our streets and plant over 600 new trees.  Individual contributions make up more than two thirds of SOE's annual budget and are the foundation of the program's success.


Please make a donation today!  You can help the 2011 pledge drive by making a tax-deductible contribution online or sending a check to: Save Our Elms, 1630 SE Elliott Ave  Portland, Oregon  97214. Thank you!



Annual Easter Egg Hunt


Bring your little ones, a basket and a dozen candy-filled plastic eggs to the Abernethy playground on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 am for the annual Ladd's Addition Easter Egg Hunt.  Rain or shine, the search will go on!




Photograph Your Urban Forest 


Last year Portland Parks & Recreation held its first photography workshop and photo show in the Concordia neighborhood. Participants learned about photography techniques before trying their hand at capturing the urban forest then presenting their work at a photography show held at McMenamins Kennedy School. Photographs were sold and the money raised went to the Concordia neighborhood's Tree Equity Fund. This year Save Our Laurelhurst Elms is hosting the event and proceeds will benefit its tree planting and protection efforts.


Not only is this a great opportunity to support a SOE affiliate program, it's your chance to improve your photography skills while showcasing a subject in your own front yard.  Workshops are led by Bob Langan, a Portland Tree Steward, writer, photographer, and instructor.


This year the photography workshop includes three parts:


Photographing Your Urban Forest. This 2-day workshop includes a lecture and hands-on practice taking pictures of the urban forest. Tuesday, May 10, 6:30-9:00 PM & Saturday, May 14, 8:30 AM-2:00 PM


Framing workshop. Learn how to frame your photographs in preparation for the upcoming photo show. Tuesday, June 21


Photography Show. July 2011 (exact date, time, and location to be determined.)


For more information, contact Autumn Montegna, Urban Forest Outreach Coordinator, at



Citywide Tree Project - Update


In recent weeks, Save Our Elms and HAND have requested that the City include an exemption for Ladd's Addition to maintain the Norway maple in the neighborhood's planting guidelines.  The City has proposed banning the Norway maple as an non-native species, which would override the neighborhood guidelines.  SOE has worked over the past twenty years to maintain the integrity of the landscape plan drafted by the Ladd Estate Company a century ago, including finding suitable replacement species when trees in the plan have been impacted by disease, such as Dutch elm disease.  In the last twenty years, SOE has planted many Norway Maples and elm hybrids in an effort to preserve the continuity described in the original landscape plan.


The City has chosen not to include the exemption requested by SOE,.  With that decision, SOE is working with HAND to develop revisions to the Ladd's Addition Historic District plan, including finding a suitable replacement for the Norway maple.  SOE will follow the revised Citywide Tree Project guidelines in our re-planting program in future years.

 We'd Like To Hear From You

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