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Dutch Elm Disease Season 2015

Elm Trees


Following a particularly dry year, the City’s elms are hanging in there, but some are looking stressed. With sixteen elm samples currently being cultured in the lab and seven elm trees to be sampled, the true extent of Dutch elm disease this year remains to be seen.

So far, one right-of-way elm in the south of Eastmoreland has tested positive for Dutch elm disease. Elms in this area have tested positive for Dutch elm disease in the past. Additionally, three elms at Lovejoy Fountain, another Dutch elm disease hotspot, are scheduled to be removed soon due to severe decline and showing signs of the disease. One Heritage Dutch elm in Northwest Portland and one elm in Southwest Portland are dead or in severe decline, with removal pending. One young dead hybrid elm from the South Park Blocks has been removed.


With three major elm locations and several more individual Heritage elms receiving inoculations in June, elm inoculation season is off to a strong start. Despite this year’s high temperatures, the elms have proven to take up the inoculant more quickly and successfully than expected. Nineteen trees in

Wallace Park and trees in portions of North Park Blocks and the Plaza Blocks received inoculations by Urban Forestry Arborist Todd Keeland, with the assistance of Urban Forestry Establishers Steve Robinson, Xavier Ritchie-Martinez, Laura van Fleet, and Jess Tyler. Urban Forestry is set to inoculate a total of 125 elms this summer.

While Eastmoreland completed their elm inoculations mid-June, Save Our Elms’ inoculations in Ladd’s Addition are still pending.

Folks with any elm concerns or questions can contact Natasha Lipai, Urban Forestry’s Elm Monitor. Natasha can be reached at 503-823-8398 or at with any elm/DED-related questions.  


10 Trees That Witnessed Portland's History

Portland’s urban forest is rooted in history. Relive that history through a look at 10 Heritage Trees in downtown Portland.  Painstakingly researched by David Hedberg at Portland State University, in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry, From Stumptown to Treetown, connects historic photos to those same trees today, and invites you to explore Portland’s oldest living features.

Download the book here:

From Stumptown to Treetown: A Field Guide for Interpreting Portland’s History though its Heritage Trees,

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
For more about Portland Parks & Recreation visit

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 -