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Bill Naito Community Trees Award

Bill Naito

The Urban Forestry Commission created this annual award in honor of the builder and community leader who did so much to beautify Portland with trees. Bill Naito rarely missed an Urban Forestry Commission meeting, which he founded in 1974 and chaired until his death. No one in Portland had been more tenacious than Bill at encouraging the planting of trees. Through his humor, persistence, and imaginative approach to projects, he inspired many individuals to recognize the beauty trees bring to our city. The Bill Naito Community Trees Award is presented to individuals, organizations or projects that have continued Bill's work and reflect his dedication.


The 2015 Bill Naito Award winners will be announced at the Arbor Day Festival on April 11, 2015.


 Year  Recipient  Organization/Project


 1. Phil Hamilton

2. Damon Schrosk and Martin Nicholson, with numerous volunteers

 1. For 21,000 hours organizing and working at the restoration of the Tyron Creet State Natural Area

2. World Record Tree Hug at Hoyt Arboretum


1. Mark Franklin

2. Anne Downing and David Douglas High School's English as a Second Language Class

1. Managing 800 acres of Portland Public Schools' grounds

2. Students contributed to their communities by planting more than 1,000 trees


1. Phyllis Reynolds

2. Concordia Tree Team

3. David Odom

1. 40 years of advocacy for urban trees

2. Street tree inventory and tree plan for Concordia neighborhood

3. In memoriam, for his dedication to protecting and educating about trees


1. Save Our Elms

2. Bruce Nelson

1. Preservation of Portland's elm trees from Dutch Elm Disease

2. Volunteer instructor for PP&R and Friends of Trees, helped create an arboretum at Rigler Elementary School


Chad Honl

Vestal Elementary School play area improvements


1. Friends of Columbia Children's Arboretum

2. Jefferson High School Ecology Class

1. Restoration and development of the arboretum

2. Planted 28 native trees on the school campus


1. Ed Kerns

2. Eastmoreland Neighborhood Tree Committee

1. Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Group

2. Helped neighbors maintain and improve Eastmoreland's tree canopy since 1996 


Tuesday Crew Volunteers 

Hoyt Arboretum


Jim Gersbach

Ainsworth Linear Arboretum


Sean Batty and the Parkway Improvement Committee

Roseway Neighborhood Association
NE 72 Ave parkway improvement project


Starr Hogeboom

Peace Garden and Natural Area at Rigler Elementary School


Dr. Joseph Poracsky

Portland State University, Geography Dept. Urban Forest Canopy Cover Report


Jane Glazer

Portland's Heritage Tree Program, founder


James Allison

Friends of Trees, developed natural area planting program


Doug Klotz

Worked to protect trees using the City's landscape ordinance


1. Friends of Trees

2. Terry Griffiths

3. Sandy Diedrich 

1. Works with community to plant, tend, and educate about trees

2. Advocate for trees in Woodstock neighborhood

3. PP&R No Ivy League Program, founder


1. Richard Seidman

2. Portland General Electric

1. Friends of Trees, founder

2. Seed the Future Campaign