As a botanic specialist with PP&R, I work with a wide variety of Urban Forestry programs, including policy, permitting, Heritage Trees, and the Urban Forest Action Plan. I help communities inventory their street trees and create Neighborhood Stewardship Plans to guide their volunteer efforts. I also organize Neighborhood Tree Steward Workshop Series, supervise interns, coordinate special projects, and write annual reports. I've studied and worked with trees and the people that live among them throughout my career. I hold a MS in Forestry, MEd in Counseling, and a BS in Environmental Science. Prior to working for PP&R, I worked at a nonprofit teaching forestry to international researchers. When I moved to Portland, the first thing I did was to become a volunteer Neighborhood Tree Steward; I was a volunteer crew leader with Friends of Trees for seven years. I love trees because of their beauty, perseverance, shade, and diversity.
As a program coordinator with PP&R, my goal is to spread information about the importance and benefits of the urban forest to all reaches of our community. I manage and compile our monthly newsletter, TreeBark, and I help manage the Neighborhood Tree Steward Program. I'm very involved in our Neighborhood Tree Steward Workshop Series as well as working one-on-one with volunteers to accomplish their urban forest project goals. I started working for the City in 2006 as a seasonal employee collecting street tree inventory data for the Urban Forest Canopy Report. I then became Portland's elm monitor, watching over 3,000 elm trees for Dutch elm disease. I recently completed a MS in Environmental Management at Portland State University and I'm in the process of completing a Geographical Information System (GIS) certificate. Last, but not least, I'm an ISA-certified arborist. I love trees because of their size, unique characteristics, and the longevity - trees put the world into perspective.
As the canopy coordinator for the BES Grey-to-Green program, I help develop partnership-based, education-focused tree planting programs for the City of Portland. Our group works with Friends of Trees, other City bureaus, and community partners to get trees planted. I arrived at the Bureau of Environmental Services almost 2½ years ago by way of PP&R's Urban Forestry group where I worked for six years as elm tree monitor and program supporter. I learned a lot about the trees of Portland by working with the City's tree inspectors and by writing the Urban Forest Canopy Report. I have an MS in biogeography and over ten years of academic and practical experience in plant ecology, environmental science, and forest dynamics with a focus on urban environments. I love trees because they make a house a home.
As a geography professor at Portland State University, I bring academic research and educational skills to the Urban Forestry Commission and the Neighborhood Tree Steward Alliance. I have broad experience in most aspects of mapping and teach several courses in this area at PSU. I also teach a course on the urban forest. I have a total of more than 10 years experience as a member of the Urban Forestry Commission, currently serving as chairperson. I love trees because I can't help myself! My species originally lived in trees and since we came down from them, we have continued to have strong resource, aesthetic, and emotional connections to them.
As an outreach coordinator with PP&R, I teach youth and community members about the importance of trees and their care through hands-on community tree projects. I graduated with a BS in Biology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. During college I worked part-time as a groundsman for a tree care company chipping brush, lowering wood, and cleaning up. I was amazed at how passionate the clients were about their trees, usually sad - or sometimes relieved - to see declining trees removed, but always glad to have them pruned. I also spent summers in college working at residential summer camps, first teaching swimming and boating, then working as a backcountry crew leader at Philmont Scout Ranch. I loved helping kids connect to their natural world. I love trees because they are always changing.
As a specialist with Friends of Trees, I wear many hats in support of the organization's mission to build local community through the planting of trees. A good deal of my time is spent with the Neighborhood Trees Program, coordinating neighborhood tree plantings with both landscape contractors and volunteers; I also assist with the summer monitoring program, our online tree database, and I-205 tree plantings. I've been doing or studying something related to plants for nearly 20 years now. My educational background has its roots in ecology and vegetation dynamics (two Associate degrees in natural resource management and a BS in geography), and its branches in landscape design and green infrastructure (a Master of Landscape Architecture). Since finishing school (for the LAST time), I've been pursuing landscape design and maintenance with the Watershed Revegetation Program. I love trees because of the smells they make, and the birds and other wildlife they support. Without trees, how empty would this world be?
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