We are currently seeking applications for new Commissioners for the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC).
The UFC’s duties include:
- Recommending city code amendments and Heritage Tree listings to City Council
- Reviewing and providing input on city plans and policies that affect the City’s trees and urban forest management
- Hearing and deciding tree permit appeals as a member of the city’s Urban Forestry Appeals Board
- Advising the City Forester, Director, and Commissioner–in-Charge of the Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Urban Forestry Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council for 4-year terms and generally spend about 6 to 8 hours per month on Commission-related issues. This includes about 4 hours for the monthly meeting, usually on the third Thursday morning of each month at City Hall, 2 to 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 UFC committee.
If the day, time or location of the monthly meeting are an obstacle for a prospective applicant, we encourage them to apply and indicate this in their application; we may be able to change the monthly meeting.
At present we are especially interested in new commissioners who can represent property development with urban forest improvement, traditionally under-represented community members and areas of the city, and non-profit organizations involved in some way with urban forests and tree infrastructure.
For assistance with an application, please contact Natasha Lipai at: Natasha.Lipai@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-8398.
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.