The Policy Committee focuses on issues related to regulations and City policy, serving to prioritize, promote, and monitor activities surrounding City regulations and funding of the urban forestry program.
The Heritage Tree Committee works in conjunction with the City Forester and staff to identify, evaluate, and nominate distinctive trees for designation as Heritage Trees. The program seeks particularly to protect old, large, historic, and botanically significant trees.
The Communication and Outreach Committee seeks to develop and implement programs to inform the public about the values of urban trees, recruit and train citizen-volunteers to actively support urban forestry issues, and recognize individuals and groups that have made notable contributions to urban forest health and expansion.
The Recruitment and Nominations Committee ensures that Urban Forestry Commission vacancies are filled in a timely fashion by volunteers with skills that complement the existing Commission's skill set, and identifies candidates every two years for Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary positions.
The Operations Committee is the executive committee of the Urban Forestry Commission, consisting of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. This committee’s roles include representing the Commission during Portland Parks & Recreation’s budget process, serving on the bureau’s budget advisory committee, setting the monthly commission meeting agenda, writing the annual report, and performing other operational duties.
The Appeals Committee hears and adjudicates disagreements between a citizen’s tree-related request (e.g., removal of a street tree) and a ruling by the City Forester.