Thank you for your interest in the Heritage Tree Committee! We are seeking new committee members.
About Heritage Trees
Heritage Trees are trees that have been formally recognized by City Council for their unique size, age, historical or horticultural significance. Heritage Trees are protected by City Code; once designated, no Heritage Tree can be removed without the consent of the Urban Forestry Commission and the Portland City Council. The program is administered by the Heritage Tree Committee and Portland Parks Urban Forestry. The committee Chair is a member of the Urban Forestry Commission. Volunteers and staff work together to review nominations, monitor tree conditions, and educate the public on the program.
Committee Members must be able and willing to:
- Commit to a two-year appointment
- Commit to 60 hours of volunteer time per calendar year
- Attend meetings and field tours. Meetings are held every two months on Fridays from 8-10 am. Field tours occur approximately twice a year and occur on weekdays from 8 am – 3:30 pm.
Committee Member responsibilities include:
- Attend meetings and field tours
- Become familiar with the 300 trees in the system by visiting trees independently and reviewing program materials
- Evaluate nominated trees for fit into the program
- Assist with updating tree measurements
- Maintain and write meeting minutes, policies, and bylaws
- Respond to some public inquiries on the program
- Participate in educational events on Heritage Trees alongside Urban Forestry staff