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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

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry News and Activities 

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Join the Parks Team! AmeriCorps Members sought for Tree Plan and Stewardship Equity Coordinators

Applications due July 12, 2015

Passionate about community outreach and environmental stewardship? Portland Parks & Recreation is seeking three AmeriCorps members to work with our environmental stewardship and urban forestry programs to help us better serve our diverse communities.

Tree Plan Coordinator (2 positions)

This position engages neighborhoods in the street tree inventory project and tree plan workshop events for neighborhood tree teams. These workshops include tree pruning, planting, species diversity, tree care, and other topics. You will promote the city’s street tree inventory project to diverse residents and communities throughout Portland. For the full description, please click here. 

Stewardship Equity Coordinator (1 position):

This position evaluates barriers to participation by diverse communities including communities of color in the PP&R City Nature natural areas stewardship program. Determine gaps in current volunteer demographics, and create a strategy to engage underserved communities by forming new community partnerships and leading hands-on restoration events in natural areas throughout Portland, particularly in Portland’s eastside. These projects will connect local non-profits, communities of faith and individuals in underserved communities through hands-on natural area restoration projects around native and invasive plants, local wildlife, and watershed health. For the full description, please click here.

These positions also include professional development activities through Confluence such as a Professional Development Series, completing a Change Agent Project, team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development.

Applications are due July 12, 2015. See full descriptions for application details.

Position term: September 9, 2015 - July 29, 2016 (11 months – 1700 hours)

Benefits: monthly living allowance ($12,530 paid over the term of service), education award of $5,730, loan forbearance, basic medical insurance, child care allowance for those who qualify

To learn more about Confluence AmeriCorps positions, visit
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Street tree pruning with AmeriCorps members in Brooklyn in 2015

Tree Diversity Workshop

Why planting diverse species matters

Join South Tabor Tree Team for a Tree Diversity Workshop.

A 45 min long slide show with question and answersfollowed by a tree walk.

Information for all levels for the tree-curious!

Register online at:

Questions?Contact: Danielle Voisin at Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry 503-260-5235

West Portland Park Tree Walk

walk and talk with an arborist!

Interested in unique trees in your neighborhood? Want to get outside and enjoy some fresh air with your neighbors? Come and join us as we visit some of West Portland Park’s glorious trees with a certified arborist and the West Portland Park Tree Team. Coffee and pastries will be provided and families are welcome! Registration: Register online at:  

Questions? Contact Danielle Voisin at Urban Forestry 503-260-5235 - Or Mike from West Portland Park Tree Team -

Madrona Park Nurse Log Dedication

Wednesday, May 20 6:45 pm at Madrona Park

Madrone on ground Feb 16 2015

Back in February on a windless day, Portland’s only heritage madrone failed, falling across a walking path in Madrona Park. Urban Forestry carefully removed the 60 foot tree. This beautiful, sentinel tree, and namesake of the park, had been in decline for several years. Many in the community were sad to see its death. To celebrate this tree, and provide habitat to the park this venerable madrone tree’s remains will be returned to the park as a nurse log.

Nurse logs are rotting logs that provide the nutrients and habitat for the next generation of plants and animals in forests.  As the log decomposes its nutrients are released back into the soil, providing substrate for seed to germinate, decomposers to live and habitat for animals.  Nurse logs are the foundation of the food web and provide insects, amphibians, small invertebrates and mammals a place to live.   

Since the tree fell on a walking path it could not be left where it landed. Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry staff removed and stored the madrone in 20-foot lengths until a location could be decided to place the madrone back in the park. On  March 18 Portland Parks & Recreation Natural Area Supervisor Lynn Barlow, Ecologist Laura Guderyahn, Urban Forestry Outreach specialist Karl Dawson, Overlook Neighborhood Vice Chair Alan Cranna and neighbors Herb and Judy Perrin met to talk about where to put the nurse log in Madrona Park. It was decided to place the tree on the north side of the field close to where the tree grew. This is in the wooded area of the park and visible to users.

Please join Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry, Overlook Neighborhood Association, and Sustainable Overlook to celebrate this magnificent tree as it continues the cycle of life with a celebration Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45 pm. There will be food, heritage tree coasters/necklaces souvenirs, historical information and fun kids educational activities.  As well as information about future restoration efforts and volunteer opportunities in the Park.

When: Wednesday, May 20  6:45 pm

Where: Madrona Park 2499 N Wygant (limited parking please use Wygant, Humboldt or Alberta to access the park)


 Madrone in 2003           Madrona in December 2014 

 Heritage Madrona Tree 2003                                     Heritage Madrona Tree December 2014

 top: February 16 2015 Overlook neighbors who witnessed the tree fall inspect the damage. 

 below new resting spot of madrone nurse log

Madrone Nurse log



Join the Heritage Tree Committee

New Committee Members Sought

Thank you for your interest in the Heritage Tree Committee! We are seeking new committee members. 

Please complete a committee interest form by August 1, 2015 and email to Interest forms will be reviewed in August for a September start date.

About Heritage Trees
Heritage Trees are trees that have been formally recognized by City Council for their unique size, age, historical or horticultural significance. 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. The program is administered by the Heritage Tree Committee and Portland Parks Urban Forestry. The committee Chair is a member of the Urban Forestry Commission. Volunteers and staff work together to review nominations, monitor tree conditions, and educate the public on the program.

Committee Members must be able and willing to:

  • Commit to a two-year appointment
  • Commit to 60 hours of volunteer time per calendar year
  • Attend meetings and field tours. Meetings are held every two months on Fridays from 8-10 am. Field tours occur approximately twice a year and occur on weekdays from 8 am – 3:30 pm.

 Committee Member responsibilities include:

  • Attend meetings and field tours
  • Become familiar with the 300 trees in the system by visiting trees independently and reviewing program materials
  • Evaluate nominated trees for fit into the program
  • Assist with updating tree measurements
  • Maintain and write meeting minutes, policies, and bylaws
  • Respond to some public inquiries on the program
  • Participate in educational events on Heritage Trees alongside Urban Forestry staff

Download the interest form here