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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 2015 Inventory Organizer Training Materials
- 2015 Street Tree Inventory Manual
- Team Leader Training presentation
- Data sheet
- Maple cheat sheet
- Homeowner handout on Tree Inventory Project
- Homeowner handout on Street Trees in Unimproved Right-of-Way
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 email@example.com and allow for a minimum 2-week turnaround time.
- Handouts and presentations from the 2015 Volunteer Recruitment Training
- 2015 flyer template for recruiting volunteers
- 2015 1/4 sheet flyer template front and back for recruiting volunteers
- 2015 doorhanger template
- Sample neighborhood newsletter article to be tailored to recruit volunteers in local media
- Tree Inventory brochure to use at neighborhood outreach events. Printed copies are available.
- Neighborhood Involvement Directory (March 2014) for seeking support from your neighborhood association
- Talking Points: Refer to our Why Inventory Your Street Trees webpage
- List of local tree care providers for recruiting volunteer arborists on-call
- Photos from past inventories
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!
- Tree Plan worksheet
- Example Tree Plan: Concordia
- Menu of workshop options (2014)
- Funding Request Form for Tree Stewardship Activities
- Event planning agreement
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.
- Funding from Urban Forestry for stewardship events
- BES Community Watershed Stewardship Program Grants
- East Portland Action Plan Grants
- Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grants
- Neighborhood Small Grants Program
- Portland Garden Club Grants
This webpage is updated often - please check back again soon!