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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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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 


Mt Tabor Tree Event


Mt. Tabor Yard    6437 SE Division                                                                          


Change is coming to Mt.Tabor Yard! 

The tree nursery at Mt.Tabor yard is closing due to budget cuts and after using as many of these trees as we can in our parks and green spaces, there are still a few left. 

We’d like to thank our neighbors and volunteers by inviting you to come and choose from our remaining stock.  Come give a home to some of these great trees and help grow Portland’s urban forest! 


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Saturday, April 5th  
Call 503-823-4440 to sign up for a time between 8am-2pm           
Since Mt Tabor is a working yard for Portland Parks & Recreation, we ask that you sign up for a time slot, to help us manage traffic flow.


Come prepared! 

  • Provide proper transportation to get your tree home (in most cases a pickup truck)

  • Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty!  If you will be digging small trees, bring hand tools.

What have we got?

Below is a sample of the trees we will have available.

Trees range in size from whips to 2”+, balled and burlapped specimens.
Smaller trees may be in pots, or need to be dug, larger trees are balled and burlapped.
There will be an tractor on hand to load balled and burlapped trees.



Douglas fir  (Psuedotsuga menzeisii) – A true Oregon native, this large tree needs a big space to reach its full potential.  (8.5ft or > planting strips without wires)

Black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) – This is a drought tolerant southerner for medium sized spaces.  (4ft or > planting strips with wires)

Accolade elm (Ulmus "Accolade") – This disease resistant elm will bring its large green vase to your home or planting strip. (6ft or > planting strips without wires)

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) – A lovely flowering tree for medium sized spaces (6ft or > planting strips under wires)



Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) – a large straight trunked evergreen that will need room to go up! (6ft or > planting strips without wires)

Common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) – Distinctive bark and small berries are a few of the things that give this large hardwood interest.  (8.5ft or > planting strips without wires)

Incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) – A majestic evergreen this large tree will need room to grow.  (8.5ft or > planting strips without wires)


If you intend to plant your tree between the sidewalk and the curb, you will need a site inspection and a permit.
Street trees fall within the public right of way and as such they are regulated by the City of Portland, and must meet certain standards.
When you sign up, indicate that you will be planting a street tree and we will schedule a city tree inspector to come out, mark the curb with the appropriate planting location prior to issuing a permit.
When you choose your tree, make sure it is on the approved street tree planting lists.


Questions?  Contact: Emily Wilson,, 503-823-4440