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Arbor Month Committee

Arbor Month Committee 2014

Bryan BurchBryan Burch
Bryan Burch has been an active arborcology volunteer since moving to Portland in 2008. He has enjoyed leading tree planting teams with Friends of Trees, PP&R's Learning Landscapes, and as a Neighborhood Tree Steward in his abundantly forested neighborhood of Sylvan-Highlands. While working as a historical preservationist for UO, he actively reclaimed native habitat at the historic Watzek House and in the Cottrell Wildlife Refuge, a ten-acre parcel connecting Washington Park with Forest Park via Hoyt Arboretum. Given this year's opportunity to highlight Portland's incredible Heritage Trees, Bryan has immensely enjoyed working with the Urban Forestry Commission and Portland Farmers Market to bring the 2014 Arbor Month Celebration to the greater Portland public.

Sara EnnisSara Ennis
Born and raised in Portland, Sara got her feet wet in the environmental arena early on. She attended Outdoor school as a 6th grader, was a high school volunteer counselor, and later worked on staff as a Field Instructor for water and plant field studies. She majored in Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, OH and studied comparative ecology in Ecuador, where she later led summer groups of high school students on exchange. Back in Portland, Sara worked for Portland area nonprofit, Wolftree, running their nationally acclaimed science inquiry programs for students of all ages. During and since completing her Masters in Environmental Manage and River Restoration at PSU, Sara worked for the NW Power and Conservation Council, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and is now with BES as the Americorps Community Urban Forestry Coordinator.

Jennifer KarpsJennifer Karps
I work with the Urban Canopy Program housed in the City of Portland’s Environmental Services bureau. We are a partnership-focused, education-based set of programs working to expand and enhance the urban forest canopy through outreach and education, data collection, and tree planting. We plant trees with local nonprofit superstar Friends of Trees, with on-call landscape contractors, and through a residential yard tree incentive program, Treebate. I hold degrees in plant ecology, environmental science, and biogeography; I am an ISA-certified arborist/municipal specialist; and I teach geography classes at Portland State. I love trees because they make a house a home.

Natasha Lipai
While working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Geography & GIS at Portland State University, Natasha sought opportunities in the community to apply the GIS she had been learning. This led her to being a volunteer on PP&R Urban Forestry’s Street Tree Inventory project, collecting data as a Team Leader, and entering GIS data. She did not expect to stay hooked by the fun challenge of tree ID and, since 2011, has not turned back. Natasha has also volunteered with Friends of Trees in various capacities, and is also a Neighborhood Tree Steward, class of 2012! Though she is still brainstorming a tree stewardship project for her own community in the Oak Grove/Milwaukie area, she is now happily serving as a Tree Plan Outreach Coordinator with Urban Forestry and Confluence Environmental Center, an AmeriCorps office. The goals of her position are to increase the scope of the Street Tree Inventory and to maintain a supportive relationship between Urban Forestry and community volunteers through promoting continued tree stewardship.

Autumn MontegnaAutumn Montegna
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 symptoms of Dutch elm disease. I hold degrees in environmental science and management and I'm an ISA-certified arborist. I love trees because of their size, unique characteristics, and longevity - trees put the world into perspective.

Catherine Mushel
Catherine Mushel is honored to be serving on the Urban Forestry Commission as a citizen activist. She loves living in Oregon, the place she dreamed about as a Montana high school student reading news of the Oregon Bottle Bill. Her experience working on planting, maintenance, and urban forestry assessment issues in her southeast Portland neighborhood informs her commission service. As the chair of the commission¹s Education and Outreach Committee, she hopes citizens will find and visit a Heritage Tree in Portland and be inspired to take proper care of their own trees, their neighborhood trees, and the urban forest that knits all of Portland together.