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Without trees, rain becomes stormwater runoff to drains, pipes and streams
Environmental Services helps residents plant and care for trees
Street trees are part of our infrastructure
Community partnerships are getting thousands of new trees planted
Trees keep pollution out of the water and air
Trees are a valuable part of our green infrastructure and provide a lot of benefits. The Environmental Services Urban Tree Canopy Program works with community partners to plant trees for stormwater management. We also work with Portland Parks & Recreation and other organizations to support stewardship of our urban forest for clean rivers and healthy watersheds.
Trees intercept rain before it washes over sidewalks and streets into storm drains and pipes. Reducing stormwater runoff means less energy and cost for wastewater treatment and more room in our pipes to handle sewage. Trees naturally help keep pollution out of our streams and rivers, clean the air and provide shade and habitat.
Since 2008, we’ve helped to plant over 32,000 trees across Portland. In addition to stormwater management and other benefits, these trees help the city address climate change by storing carbon and cooling the air. We use innovative outreach and planting models to increase trees in underserved neighborhoods and include diverse communities in planting and stewardship.
Find out more below about our efforts and what you can do to help. For more information, contact: Jennifer Karps, Urban Tree Canopy Program Coordinator, at 503-823-2263.
You plant or we plant - together, we’re working for clean rivers
Follow these links to learn how trees work for our environment
Some of the organizations we work with
Tools and advice for urban tree stewardship