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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Urban tree experiment showcases wide variety of Portland-friendly trees

The Ainsworth Lineral Arboretum highlights more than 60 species of usual and unusual trees that love Portland's climate

September 1, 2010

For the past 5 years, homeowners along Ainsworth have nurtured the growth of a unique treat - two miles of trees, which include over 60 varieties of species not usually seen around Portland. If you ever thought you might be interested in a Kentucky coffee tree, American smoketree, Japanese Pagodatree, Asian persimmon, or Persian ironwood - trees Larry Bingham mentions in his Oregonian piece this morning - a trip to the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum could be just the thing you're looking for.

Persian Ironwood tree

Neighbors like Jim Gersbach and Doug Trotter have worked for the last 5 years with Friends of Trees, Portland Parks & Recreation, and the City's Urban Forestry Commission to create what might be, Bingham writes, one of the largest urban arboretums in the nation.

Happy birthday to the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum, and congratulations to the many volunteers whose hard work helped create this spectacular showcase!

If you're interested in learning more about the Arboretum, join Friends of Trees for their Ainsworth Linear Arboretum Fall Color Walk, from 10:00 am to noon on October 9. Visit for more.

Above: The Persian ironwood is one of many unusual trees featured in the two-mile arboretum. Thanks to flickr user friendsofmountauburn for the photo!

Touring Svaboda Court with Senator Merkley

Commissioner Nick Fish joined Senator Jeff Merkley for a tour of Svaboda Court, a Proud Ground development in East Portland

September 2, 2010

Svaboda Court, a housing development project of Proud Ground, will provide 8-12 family-friendly and LEED for Homes Platinum certified townhomes in the Lents neighborhood. Local nonprofit Proud Ground helps make homes affordable and accessible for Portlanders, fostering prosperous families, smart investments, and strong communities.

This morning, Nick toured the Svaboda Court site with Senator Jeff Merkley and Proud Ground Executive Director Jesse Beason.

Depave photos

Commissioner Nick Fish worked with local group Depave to remove 7200 square feet of concrete from the Vermont Hills Church parking lot last weekend

September 2, 2010

Commissioner Fish worked with local group Depave to remove over 7,000 square feet of pavement from the Vermont Hills Church property in Southwest Portland, helping the church greatly expand its existing community garden. Congratulations to all!

Take the lead in growing and maintaining Portland's Urban Forest!

Portland Parks & Recreation will offer Neighborhood Tree Steward classes this September and October - sign up today!

September 7, 2010

Are you interested in becoming a Neighborhood Tree Steward? This month and next, Portland Parks & Recreation is offering an extended schedule of Tree Steward classes, taught by a variety of tree experts.

Urban trees provide benefits that our fundamental to our city's livability, including cleaner air and water, cooler streets and homes, and essential wildlife habitat. We're known for our large expanse of urban trees.Neighborhood Tree Steward program

Today, Portland is home to thousands of trees and more than 10,000 acres of parks and natural areas.

Hands-on activities will teach you about tree biology, pruning, planting, care, regulations, and tricks of the trade to organize community involvement. Scholarships are available, as are discounts for groups of two or more from one neighborhood. For more, call Autumn Montegna, Urban Forest Outreach Coordinator, at (503) 701-7622 or

Sign up today to be a part of preserving our very special urban forest!