Oregonians love celebrating Arbor Month in April. To mark the occasion this year, join us in planting your very own seedling.

We don’t just plant in April. Every year, 40 million young trees are planted in Oregon’s forests. Oregon law requires planting seedlings after a timber harvest, and more trees are planted than are harvested annually. This sustainable forestry practice creates diverse wildlife habitat, ample recreation opportunities, clean air and water, and locally sourced, renewable wood products.

Millions of seedlings

Oregon nurseries grow millions of native tree seedlings, and care for these young trees until they’re ready to plant in the forest.


Crews hand-plant seedlings in Oregon’s forests every spring. It’s a great time to plant trees, because the cool, wet weather promotes good root development.

Instructions for caring for your tree:

This seedling was started in an Oregon nursery, and now you can plant it in your yard and watch it grow.

Plant your tree as soon as possible. If you must store it before planting, keep the roots wrapped in a moist paper towel to prevent them from drying out, and keep it in a cool place (the refrigerator works nicely).

Choose a spot with full to partial sun in an area with plenty of space. Douglas-fir trees grow up to 70 feet tall.

Dig a hole slightly deeper than the root is long. Place the tree root straight down in the hole, and loosely cover the tree with dirt so the soil surface is midway between the top of the roots and the first limbs. Gently tamp the soil down around the stem.

Water your tree frequently.


Here’s a “how to” video from Starker Forests for planting your very own tree.

Post a picture of your newly planted tree on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #OregonPlantsTrees and we’ll donate $1 to Friends of Trees!

Join us at an upcoming Arbor Day event near you to get your own free seedling!

  • April 24 Nature Works Pub Talk & Seedling Giveaway – 7:00 PM, Registration, Rogue Brewery, Astoria, OR
  • April 26 Toledo Tree Dedication and Seedling Giveaway
  • April 26 Willamalane Tree Planting – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Registration, Free seedlings given out to all volunteers
  • April 27 Beaverton Farmers Market Seedling Giveaway – 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR
  • April 27 Tillamook Art Walk Seedling Giveaway – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 1906 A 3rd St, Tillamook, OR
  • April 28 Fort Stevens State Park Seedling Giveaway – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 100 Peter Iredale Road, Hammond, OR 97121