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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

UFC Committees

Each Urban Forestry Commissioner serves on or chairs at least one committee. Most choose to serve on more than one. There are six standing committees.


Policy Committee  

Heritage Tree Committee

Communication and Outreach Committee

Recruitment and Nominations Committee

Operations Committee

Appeals Committee


Policy Committee

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.

Heritage Tree Committee

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.

Communication and Outreach Committee

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.

Recruitment and Nominations Committee

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.

Operations Committee

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.

Appeals Committee

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.

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