Portland, OR.  The seventh annual Forage in the Forest on August 3rd was the largest event to date for the nonprofit Hoyt Arboretum Friends. The event raised over $127,000 and drew 130 people who started their evening with a walk along the Bristlecone Pine Trail. The Hoyt Arboretum is located in Washington Park and has over 2,300 tree species from six continents. Twelve miles of hiking trails course through its 189 acres.

Supporters told auctioneer Johnna Wells about upcoming plans for 2020.

Joey Pope and the Pope Family were honored for over 30 years of leadership at Hoyt Arboretum. Joey was joined by daughter Molly Pope and granddaughter Josephine Pope as well as friends and neighbors.

Bartlett Tree Experts was the Diamond Sponsor for the Forage in the Forest event and national Bartlett President Jim Ingrahm was in Portland for the evening.

Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long joined table sponsors Brad and Nancy Miller.

Cameron Winery donated the wine for the event

The meal featured a first course of chilled cucumber soup and smoked tuna prepared by Chef Greg Higgins, his seventh time donating his food in support of this event. Other courses were provided by Artemis Catering. John Paul attended and donated wines to complement all courses from his Cameron Winery. A short auction was followed by a paddle raise.

From Hoyt Arboretum Friends:

Hoyt Arboretum grows through a longstanding partnership between Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) and Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF), a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Through fundraising and volunteer recruitment, HAF enhances visitor experience and provides educational opportunities around the trees and collections in the Arboretum. Hoyt Arboretum staff and volunteers run the Visitor Center, distribute literature, and help fund major projects. HAF volunteers maintain the trails and trees, provide tours and classes, and help to catalog the Arboretum’s collection.

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Council are volunteer positions. We employ a staff of four to manage our education, volunteer, fundraising, and communication efforts.

Our mission is to maintain and improve Hoyt Arboretum and its collections for all people through advocacy, resources, awareness, and education. To learn more about our long-term goals, read the executive statement of our current five-year Strategic Plan.