Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Urban Forestry Commission

  • Urban Forestry Commission member Damon Schrosk (right) consults with PP&R staff Martin Nicholson (left) about a potential Heritage Tree

**Notice of Public Hearing on the Interim Mitigation Rule**

The Urban Forestry Commission is convening a public hearing for the purpose of taking testimony about the Interim Rule. The meeting will begin at 5:45 pm with a presentation from the City Forester that gives an overview of the Tree Code and Interim Rule. The meeting will adjourn at 8 pm. Please be prepared to submit your testimony in case we do not have time to hear your testimony.

Public Hearing on the Interim Mitigation Rule
August 4, 2015 from 5:45 PM - 8 PM
1900 SW 4th Ave. Room 2500A 
Portland, OR 97201

If you cannot make the hearing but would like to submit testimony for the Urban Forestry Commission hearing, please send your written testimony to Elizabeth Specht at at  by August 3, 2015. If you have questions on the Interim Mitigation Rule please contact Mieke Keenan at 503-823-5779 or

Mission Statement: "We advocate, we advise, and we engage the public."

11 volunteer advocates for the urban forest, advancing the public conversation and advising the City of Portland

Appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the Parks Commissioner, the Urban Forestry Commission is comprised of volunteers who have demonstrated an interest in the preservation of trees and the beautification of Portland. The Commission serves as an advisory group to the PP&R Director and to the City Forester. The Commission reviews development plans and assesses the impact on the urban forest. It also acts as an appeal board for right-of-way street tree permits, sponsors the Heritage Tree Program, and educates the community about urban forestry issues.

Commission Meetings
3rd Thursday of every month
8 - 11 AM
City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Lovejoy Room

Commission Members
Meryl Redisch (Chair), Kris Day, Ricardo Moreno, Catherine Mushel, Gregg Everhart, David Diaz, Barbara Hollenbeck, Brian French, Mark Bello, Damon Schrosk, and Vivek Shandas

Upcoming Meeting
Thursday, July 16, 2015
8 AM - 12 PM
View the agenda

Apply to Join the UFC

Description of the responsibilities and a link to the application

UFC Committees

There are six committees under the Urban Forestry Commission

UFC Appeals Board Procedures

The Urban Forestry Commission Appeals Board hears all tree permit appeals

Interim Mitigation Rule

The Urban Forestry Commission is holding a public hearing on this interim rule on August 4 from 5:45-8 PM at 1900 SW 4th Ave.

Bill Naito Community Trees Award

The Urban Forestry Commission created this annual award in honor of the builder and community leader who did so much to beautify Portland with trees. Click on the link to find the application and past award winners

UFC Annual Reports

Annual reports highlighting Urban Forestry Commission activities