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Woodstock adds 5th inventory work day

Where & When

Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Ave.

Saturday, September 21 2013, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Description

Registration requested online at http://tinyurl.com/woodstocktrees5

Work day registration opens at 8:00 am with coffee and snacks. The work day will start promptly at 8:30 am and last until noon. No experience is necessary, as novice volunteers will be paired with a team leader to identify trees and explain the inventory protocol. Duties include identifying and measuring trees, recording data on trees and the site, and mapping trees. Please dress comfortably for the outdoors, as the work day will be held rain or shine. We recommend bringing a water bottle and tote bag to carry supplies.

Questions? Contact Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry at treeinventory@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4484.

8,000 trees and counting!

Greetings Inventory volunteers!

As we are nearing the halfway point in this summer’s Tree Inventory workdays, we thought you would all like to hear about the progress we’ve made. After all, this project would not be possible without the hard work and enthusiasm of volunteers like you!

With 13 of 32 workdays completed, we have mapped, measured, and assessed over 8000 trees of 102 species! Maples make up a remarkable yet unsurprising 28 percent of what we have counted so far, so if you aren’t already an expert at identifying maple species, just come to a few more workdays and you soon will be! Most importantly, 226 volunteers from around the region have donated their time and energy to this project thus far. Whether collecting data at one of our neighborhood workdays or individually as homework, offering professional expertise as an arborist, or entering trees into the GIS database at ourDeltaPark office, this project has been a volunteer-led team effort!

While some of our smaller neighborhoods are nearly finished, others are just getting started and will need all the help they can get for the remainder of the summer. If you are planning on registering for more workdays, please choose one of the following neighborhoods:Richmond,Woodstock, Downtown, Piedmont, orPortsmouth. See the table below for registration links and information. If you are unable to attend more workdays but still want to help, let us know! We can arrange to have you check-out a section or two to complete on your own time.

Thank you all again for all the work you have done thus far—at its heart, the Tree Inventory Project is a grassroots, volunteer-driven effort that will shape the way Portland’s urban forest is managed now and in the future. We can’t do it without you!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in learning about more ways to get involved in the Tree Inventory Project.

Sincerely,

The Tree Inventory Team

Jeff, Jeremy, Shannan, Danielle, and Angie

treeinventory@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-6333

 

Neighborhood

Day

Date

Registration Link

Location

 

Downtown

Saturday

8/24/2013

http://tinyurl.com/downtown3

DirectorPark,815 SW Park Ave.

 

Downtown

Saturday

9/21/2013

http://tinyurl.com/downtown4

Smith Memorial Student Union Room 28, PSU, 1825 SW Broadway

 

Piedmont

Saturday

8/10/2013

http://tinyurl.com/piedmont2

FarragutCityPark,N Vancouver Ave.  &N Farragut St.

 

Piedmont

Thursday

8/22/2013

http://tinyurl.com/piedmont3

FarragutCityPark,N Vancouver Ave.  &N Farragut St.

 

Piedmont

Saturday

9/28/2013

http://tinyurl.com/piedmont4

PeninsulaPark,N Rosa Parks Way&N Albina Ave.

 

Portsmouth

Saturday

8/3/2013

http://tinyurl.com/portsmouth2

NorthGatePark,N Geneva Ave.  &N Fessenden St.

 

Portsmouth

Thursday

8/29/2013

http://tinyurl.com/portsmouth3

Bridge Meadows Community Room,8502 N Wayland Ave.

 

Portsmouth

Saturday

9/7/2013

http://tinyurl.com/portsmouth4

The NewColumbia  CommunityEducation  Center,4625 N Trenton St.

 

Richmond

Thursday

8/8/2013

http://tinyurl.com/richmondtrees2

Central Christian Church,1844 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.

 

Richmond

Saturday

8/17/2013

http://tinyurl.com/richmondtrees3

WaverlyHeights  Church,3300 SE Woodward St.

 

Richmond

Saturday

9/7/2013

http://tinyurl.com/richmondtrees4

RichmondCommunityChurch,3941 SE Division St.

 

Woodstock

Saturday

8/24/2013

http://tinyurl.com/woodstocktrees3

WoodstockPark,SE 47th Ave&SE Steele St.

 

Woodstock

Thursday

9/5/2013

http://tinyurl.com/woodstocktrees4

WoodstockPark,SE 47th Ave&SE Steele St.

 

CathedralPark

Saturday

8/3/2013

http://tinyurl.com/cathedralpark3

BES Water Lab,6543     N Burlington Ave.

 

 

 

 

View Tree Inventory pictures on our Flickr photostream!

Thanks to all the volunteers who are coming out to collect data during inventory workdays! We're posting pictures from the workdays on the Urban Forestry Flickr site here. View sets for individual workdays or browse our photostream! 

Richmond tree inventory

Urban Forestry is hiring a Tree Plan Outreach Coordinator!

THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED.

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 Outreach Coordinator position could be right for you!

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

 

Tree Plan Outreach Coordinator

Applications are due by Thursday, July 18 at midnight

Send applications to Danielle Fuchs

Email is preferred

Fax: (503) 823-4493

Snail mail: 10910 N Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217

(applications sent by mail must be received by July 18)

THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the dawn redwood

Heritage Tree Dedication: Tuesday, April 30th

On Tuesday April 30th the City of Portland will conclude Arbor Month celebrations by inducting a very Heritage Tree #313special tree to the Portland Heritage Tree list.  The dawn redwood isn’t overwhelming in size, height, or age and there are already five dawn redwoods on the Heritage tree list.  So what makes this tree so special?  Well, this is the first dawn redwood to bear seed cones inOregon in at least 5 million years. 

What did you say?

During the Miocene, 25-5 million years ago, the deciduous conifer Glyptostroboides metasequoia flourished around the world and in North America.  Their presence is evidenced by the fossil record (they are in fact the state fossil of Oregon).  The story of the dawn redwood is one of good timing.  In the early 1940s, a Japanese paleobotanist first described the fossil of a unique tree.  Not far away and shortly after, near the village of Moudao in China, a Chinese forester discovered a peculiar deciduous conifer he thought to be a Glyptostrobus, a Chinese swamp cypress.  He collected some samples from the tree, and later passed them on to a student at the National Central University.  The samples made their way into the hands of Dr. Wan-Chun Cheng, who concluded it was not a swamp cypress at all, and in fact was a new genus entirely.  New specimens were collected, and eventually were passed onto Dr. Hsen-Hen Hu, who matched these to the recently described fossils.  Through the late 40s, seeds were distributed to many places across the world, again, lucky timing, as the People’s Republic ofChina closed its doors to the outside world in 1949.

The Hoyt Arboretum was one of the recipients of dawn redwood seeds in 1948, making Portland home to some of the oldest trees in this country.  In 1952, one of these trees became the first to bear cones in the western hemisphere – the tree to be dedicated April 30th

Today dawn redwoods are popular landscape trees found around the world.  They are named for their resemblance to the Coastal Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, and their resemblance to the swamp cypress, Glyptostrobus

 

Visit the event link for more information on the dawn redwood heritage tree dedication.