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Heritage Trees are trees that have been formally recognized by City Council for their unique size, age, historical or horticultural significance. Once accepted by Council, Heritage Trees are designated with a small plaque and listed in the Heritage Tree database.
There are nearly 300 Heritage Trees throughout Portland, and new trees are added each year. Anyone can nominate a Heritage Tree! Heritage Trees are protected by City Code; once designated, no Heritage Tree can be removed without the consent of the Urban Forestry Commission and the Portland City Council.
Complete and return this form. The nomination deadline is May 1 each year. It takes about a year to receive Heritage Tree designation once the nominated tree has been accepted.
This 68-page guide has maps, species descriptions, best viewing times, and more. Print copies (black and white) are available from the Urban Forestry office for $5. To receive a copy, please send a $5 check to: PP&R Urban Forestry, Heritage Tree Program, 10910 N. Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217.
A permit from Urban Forestry is required before pruning, inoculating, or doing any other tree work on a Heritage Tree, whether the tree is in the City right-of-way or on private property. Permits for tree work (excluding tree removal) are free and include a consultation by an Urban Forestry Tree Inspector.
A Heritage Tree can only be approved for removal if it is dead, dying, or dangerous. The Urban Forestry Commission and Portland City Council must formally decommission the tree before a permit can be issued for removal.
Watch a segment on Portland's Heritage Tree Program here
A List of Heritage Trees by the year of their designation
Learn about the process for designating a Heritage Tree
This 68 page guide has maps, species descriptions, best viewing times, and more
Find Heritage Trees by location with this handy Google map
Heritage trees sorted by scientific name, with links to species and tree information
Additional noteworthy trees to visit
An iPhone application to help locate, photograph, and learn about Portland's Heritage Trees
Nominations are accepted year round and evaluated on May 1st each year