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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

MAILING ADDRESS: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Commercial, Industrial, and Multi-family Residential Street Tree Planting Project, 2017-2018

Planting begins the first week of December and proceeds through March. Planting will be performed by Cascadian Landscapers. Concrete cutouts and removal will be performed by Sidewalk Solutions. Learn more about our contractors here.

Newly planted street trees in concrete cutouts

Thank you for your interest in tree planting!

The Environmental Services Tree Program is currently taking sign-ups for commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential properties in Portland that may have room for street trees. While any property may be eligible, the program will prioritize planting at properties in low-canopy neighborhoods. Please note that we cannot plant trees that are required as part of a private development permit.

Our tree planting offer includes planting trees in existing planting strips, as well as creating new concrete cut-outs where space allows. Street trees can be planted on frontages with or without curbs and sidewalks.

For the first three summers, all trees planted will be watered by a City contractor. In return, the property owner must assume the long-term care and stewardship of all trees planted. Property owner permission is required for all sign-ups.

Industrial, commercial and multi-family residential properties present unique challenges for tree planting. The need for vehicle clearance, sight lines, and pedestrian circulation all influence where trees may be planted safely. A City inspector will mark all planting locations prior to planting, taking these factors into consideration. An on-site consultation following your inspection is available upon request.

There are many reasons you might want to consider tree planting for your commercial, industrial, or multi-family property. Trees are an important part of the City’s stormwater management system because they intercept rain water and reduce polluted runoff to rivers and streams. Trees also provide shade, reduce urban temperatures, and improve conditions for pedestrians. Studies have shown trees contribute to a healthier environment for employees and tenants by reducing stress and increasing attention. To learn more about the benefits of urban trees, visit our Benefits of Urban Trees resource page.

Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

To Sign-up

Call 503-823-2255 or email with the following information:

  • Property address
  • Your role in relation to the property (owner, property manager)
  • Your contact information (email address, mailing address, and phone number)

Tenants, please note that we can only plant with property owner permission. Property owners, we ask that you notify tenants that trees will be planted.


Project Timeline

Key actions for planting at your property are listed below.  Please note that schedule is approximate and subject to change.  Check back for updates.



Sign-Up Deadline

We must hear from you by this date in order to proceed with street tree planting at your property.

August 15, 2017


White marks to indicate tree locations will be made on all frontages with space for street trees.

August – September 2017

Opt-out Deadline

If you are not satisfied with any or all of the locations marked for street trees, we must hear from you by this date.

October 10, 2017

Tree Planting

Tree planting coincides with the cool, wet months. We plan to plant approximately 500 trees this coming season.  Because we will plant so many trees, we cannot give an exact date and time when a specific property will be planted. Concrete cuts will be made in advance of tree planting.

December 4, 2017 - March 2, 2018

Our contractors will begin in North Portland and move south and east. Their approximate schedule is:

North Portland: December

Northeast Portland: December-January

Southeast Portland: January-February

As always, please feel free to contact us by phone (503-823-2255) or email ( if you have additional questions during this process.