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Celebrate Arbor Day on April 30, 2016

2016 Arbor Day poster illustrated by local artist, John Maddin.

Join us at Arbor Day! There will be opportunities for visitors to add their tree stories to our story tree, arts and crafts for kids and adults, information about trees and tree care, tree seedling giveaways, historical and heritage tree tours led by a local historian, music, storytelling and much more!    

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:30am - 2:00pm

Where: Portland Farmers Market at the PSU South Park Blocks (near SW Park Ave and Montgomery St

Music begins at 10:30am, followed by the Naito Awards, the Maynard Drawson Award, Arbor Day Foundation Awards and the Mayoral Proclamation. 

This year's Individual Naito Community Trees Award will be presented to Jim Labbe. For over two decades, Jim has carried forth a tireless passion for urban trees and the richness they offer both people and wildlife, alike. He has contributed to the conservation and management of Portland’s urban forest as a student, watershed council coordinator, consultant, citizen advocate and as Urban Conservationist with the Audubon Society of Portland.

This year's Group Naito Community Trees Award will be presented to the Albina Neighborhood Tree Team. In their short tenure, this group has illustrated what an equity-based approach to working with neighbors and trees in low income neighborhoods can accomplish. Their work could be replicated across Portland, bringing people together and lessening the financial burden that hazardous trees can place on low-income households.

The second annual Maynard Drawson Award, established by the Oregon Travel Experience and the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, will be presented to Urban Forestry Commissioner, Catherine Mushel. Maynard “The Tree Man” Drawson, founded the state’s Heritage Tree Program, making Oregon the first state to have such a program. This annual award honors individuals who have championed Oregon’s trees with the same fervor and success as Drawson. Catherine exemplifies Maynard Drawson’s commitment, and zest for Oregon trees, through over 20 years of collective volunteer work with Friends of Trees, Urban Forestry’s Neighborhood Tree Steward Program, and the Urban Forestry Commission- working to increase protection and community awareness of heritage trees, Portland's street trees, and trees threatened by Dutch Elm Disease.

Arbor Day Foundation Awards will be presented to Portland State University, as a Tree Campus USA and for the 39th consecutive year, the City of Portland, will receive recognition as a Tree City USA. Award ceremonies for all of the above will run from 11am-noon.  

Arbor Day 2015

Some of the characters that you might encounter on Arbor Day!

The theme for this year's celebration is Share Your Tree Story!

Our story project focuses on Our Storied Connections with Trees. We want to hear from you, so send your tree story to: In 500 words or less, please describe a tree that has been significant to you and why. Be sure to include information about type of tree (if you know) or names by which the tree was known. Also, where the tree was located. Feel free to send photos, too!

We plan to share these stories with the general public on our Urban Forestry website and as part of our greater art project, The Year in Tree Stories. By submitting your stories and/or photos, you consent to use of these by the City of Portland for any lawful purpose, including, for example, promotion of Urban Forestry programs, publicity, illustration, advertising and web content. 

To learn more about the event and the launch of A Year in Tree Stories, please visit: or contact: