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Resources for Tree Teams

This page provides resources for neighborhood tree teams before, during, and after a neighborhood tree inventory. Explore the links below to find outreach materials useful in recruiting volunteers, documents to assist in creating tree plans, and funding resources to help support tree plan goals. Can't find what you need? Contact us at treeinventory@portlandoregon.gov


Inventory Work Days and Protocol

A neighborhood's street tree data are collected during three or four work days, held between June and September. At work days, volunteers pair off into teams to collect data on tree location, tree type, tree condition, site type, site size, and the presence or absence of overhead high voltage wires. Each pair is led by a team leader who has undergone training in the inventory protocol. Data are collected on paper maps and data sheets and then entered into an ArcGIS database at the Urban Forestry office by staff and volunteers.

Since the first inventory in 2009, the protocol used for the Tree Inventory Project has evolved to best fit the tree goals of participating neighborhoods. The most current protocol is available in the 2014 Street Tree Inventory Manual. Following is a list of tools and resources used during training and on work days.


Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteer support is essential in the successful completion of your neighborhood's street tree inventory. Not only will data collection move quickly with many helping hands; the involvement of your neighbors and community will encourage a greater sense of collective tree stewardship and neighborhood stewardship. Feel free to use the following resources to help you recruit volunteers for inventory workdays!

If you would like other outreach materials translated in Spanish or other languages, please contact us at treeinventory@portlandoregon.gov and allow for a minimum 2-week turnaround time.   


Creating and Implementing Tree Plans

You and your neighbors have inventoried hundreds of trees, and Urban Forestry staff have laid out all of the analyses in a report. Now what? These results are presented at the annual Tree Inventory Summit in November. 

Tree Teams and community members will have the opportunity to go through the data and set some goals for the improvement of your neighborhood's urban forest. This will ultimately lead to creating a Tree Plan for your neighborhood, which can be used as a tool to guide your future tree stewardship activities and as an outreach tool to your community.

Urban Forestry is delighted to collaborate with you and your team on coordinating and executing stewardship activities. Check out these resources to help guide you on your next steps!  


Funding Sources

Are you and your team ready to seek funding for long-term projects? In addition to Urban Forestry's funding and resources, explore these local grants for additional ways to fund your tree stewardship projects. 


 This webpage is updated often - please check back again soon!