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Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry News and Activities
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Enjoy the beautiful trees of Lone Fir Cemetery while improving your tree id skills. Can you identify a tree from bud and leaf scars, bark, and twigs? Only the three heritage trees at the cemetery will be labeled (the namesake Douglas fir; the General Joseph Lane maple; and a 100-foot incense cedar!) Lone Fir is Portland’s oldest continuously used cemetery and is now a de facto arboretum, with 500 trees representing 67 species. Participants will walk the grounds and discover a new way of looking at trees without leaves. Bring your camera!
9:15 - 9:30: Registration
9:30 - 11:30: Winter Tree Id Walk
Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/lonefirtreeid
Contact: Elizabeth Specht at Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry
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On February 27 Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry will plant 38 trees with students, parents and teachers from Sacramento School in northeast Portland. These trees from five continents will increase tree diversity on the school grounds and create an opportunity to learn about geography, science, arts and writing by studying these unique trees.
Improve the health of students and the surrounding environment by planting a diverse mix of trees at Sacramento School.
Special emphasis will be on evergreen conifers to help buffer bitterly cold east winds from the Columbia Gorge that can strike in winter.
Trees are being selected for:
Benefits from the planting
1. To students, trees will:
2. To the environment, trees will provide:
Students will be planting trees all day, volunteers are needed:
8:00-10:00 am prep for a.m. planting
10 to 12:00 pm help with morning planting, and prep for afternoon planting
1 to 2:30 pm help afternoon planting and clean-up
Students, teachers and community members are invited to celebrate the tree planting in an afternoon assembly outside at 1:30 pm.
Contact Karl.Dawson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-8779 for more information.
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Urban Forestry Commission members generally spend about 6 to 12 hours per month on Commission-related issues. This includes about 4 hours for the monthly meeting, 2-6 hours for committee meetings, and 2 hours per month at other tree-related events. Each Urban Forestry Commission member is expected to serve on or chair at least one committee.
Applications are available on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website. The Urban Forestry Commission accepts applications at any time and encourages interested persons to apply. If there is no vacancy, an application is held until one comes up. The occurrence of a vacancy triggers a review of the full pool of applications and the selection of individuals to interview. When the Recruitment & Nominations Committee selects a candidate, their name is forwarded to the Parks Bureau Commissioner-in-Charge, who then recommends the nominee to the Mayor and City Council. The official appointment is made by the Mayor, for a 4-year term.
We encourage people of color, individuals from underserved communities, and practicing arborists to apply.
Urban Forestry Seasonal Positions – Now Hiring
Applications accepted until March 10, 2015
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Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is seeking seasonal staff to work with its science and policy group conducting tree inventory and monitoring activities.
Tree Inventory Coordinator (multiple positions)
Elm Monitor (one position)
Required for All Positions: Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record, must pass a criminal background check, and must be at least 18 years of age.
Application procedure: Applications accepted until March 10. Send resume, cover letter, and list of three references via email to Angie DiSalvo, Botanic Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org 503-823-4484. Please specify which position(s) you are applying for in your cover letter. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by March 17.
East Delta Park Orchard Maintenance Workshop
When: Friday, February 20 9 am - noon
Where: East Delta Park Orchard at 10910 N. Denver Ave.
Click here to register! This popular event is limited to the first 10 participants.
Learn winter fruit tree maintenance alongside Certified Arborists. Particpants will learn different types of fruit tree pruning - such as open vase and central leader - and put their skills to the test under an arborist's guidance. Additional activities include training with weights, mulching, and planting.
The East Delta Park Orchard is home to 55 diverse fruit and nut trees, from the traditional apples, pears, and cherries to paw paws, persimmons, jujubes, mulberries, and medlars.Most trees were planting in 2010.