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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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

A blog highlighting Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry news and activities 

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Heritage Tree Talk Oct. 1

Come see how Portland's urban forest is rooted in our city's history

PP&R Urban Forestry & Portland State University Present:

From Stumptown to Tree Town: Interpreting Portland's History Through Its Heritage Trees
A Lunch-and-Learn Event

Wednesday, October 1
The Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Ave.
2nd Floor, Room C

Heritage Tree Talk Oct. 1

Invasive Tree Alert--You Can Help!

By Lee Greer, Tree Steward, Sunnyside Street Tree Team

Do you recognize this plant? It’s a young tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), a nuisance tree that can crowd out native plants and others we want in our gardens. It can also damage sidewalks, streets, foundations and sewers. It’s especially problematic because when you cut it down, it aggressively tries to reestablish itself by prolific root sprouting.

The Sunnyside Street Tree Team (S2T2) Tree-of-Heaven Information Project is working to educate the community about this tree, which we see invading parts of our neighborhood. We will be inventorying in Sunnyside any tree-of-heaven visible from the public right-of-way and leaving information for residents where we see the tree.

Would you like to join us in our inventory? If so, e-mail us at for more information or to volunteer.  Also, see our Tree-of-Heaven Information sheet here

Urban Forestry is Seeking 2 AmeriCorps Tree Plan Coordinators!

Do you like working in communities to build a sense of place? Do you like trees and want to learn more about how to manage the urban forest on a local scale? Do you have experience working with volunteers and organizing events? Then the Tree Plan Coordinator position could be right for you!

PP&R Urban Forestry is seeking diverse, qualified applicants for the Tree Plan Coordinator position in partnership with Confluence Environmental Center. The position is a full-time, year-long AmeriCorps position that will be stationed at Urban Forestry headquarters in Delta Park in North Portland.

The application deadline is Wednesday, July 16th at midnight.

View the complete position description, requirements, and application instructions here.  


Tree ID & Tree Art for Autistic Teens and Families

Join us Saturday, June 21st to learn the basics of tree ID and create some tree-inspired artwork!

Natasha Lipai, AmeriCorps Tree Plan Coordinator at Urban Forestry, will be hosting a tree identification class and subsequent art session for autistic teens/young adults and their families. The goal is to provide a space for parents and their kids to bond over an educational yet easy-to-learn activity that they may both enjoy.

Participants will learn basic tree ID concepts and practice on the trees of Alberta Park. The workshop would end with an opportunity for the kids to artistically express what they have learned or what they enjoy about trees through creating their own artwork. Snacks, tree ID books, and art supplies will be provided. 

Please RSVP here! For questions, contact Natasha at