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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

  • 2016 Urban Forestry Commission Members

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

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

Eleven 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 11 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.

To contact commission members, please contact Natasha Lipai at

Commission Members

Meryl Redisch (Chair), Barbara Hollenbeck (Vice Chair), Catherine Mushel (Secretary), Gregg Everhart, David Diaz, Brian French, Mark Bello, Damon Schrosk, and Vivek Shandas

Commission Meetings

3rd Thursday of every month 8:00 - 11:00 AM City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Lovejoy Room

Upcoming Meetings

Education & Outreach Committee Meeting 
First Wednesday of every month
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Portland Building: Forest Park Room, 13th Floor

Policy Committee Meeting
Second Thursday of every month
Thursday, May 12, 2016
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Ecotrust Building: Pearl Room

Monthly Commission Meeting
Third Thursday of every month
Thursday, May 19, 2016
8:00 - 11:00 AM
City Hall: Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor
Agenda: Please contact Natasha to request a copy


2016 Naito Award Nomination Form

2016 Naito Award Nomination Form

UFC Recommendation on the Interim Rule for Tree Replacement

After a 2 hour public hearing, the Urban Forestry Commission deliberated on their recommendations for the Interim Rule on tree replacement following removal

Meeting Materials

Minutes of the monthly Urban Forestry Commission meetings

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

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