The Urban Forestry Commission advocates for the urban forest, advances the public conversation and advises the City of Portland. Urban Forestry Commission members are appointed to 4-year terms and generally spend about 6 to 12 hours per month on Commission-related issues. This includes about 4 hours for the monthly meeting, 2-6 hours for committee meetings, and 2 hours per month at other tree-related events. Each Urban Forestry Commission member is expected to serve on or chair at least one committee.
Applications are available on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website. The Urban Forestry Commission accepts applications at any time and encourages interested persons to apply. If there is no vacancy, applications are held until one comes up. The occurrence of a vacancy triggers a review of the full pool of applicants and the selection of individuals to interview. When the Recruitment & Nominations Committee selects a candidate, their name is forwarded to the Parks Bureau Commissioner-in-Charge, who then recommends the nominee to the Mayor and City Council. The official appointment is made by the Mayor.