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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Urban Forestry Commission

  • 2017 Urban Forestry Commission Members

  • Urban Forestry Commission member Damon Schrosk (right) consults with PP&R staff Martin Nicholson (left) about a potential Heritage Tree

Mission Statement: "We advocate, we advise, and we engage the public."

Eleven volunteer advocates for the urban forest, advancing the public conversation and advising the City of Portland

Appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the Parks Commissioner, the Urban Forestry Commission is comprised of 11 volunteers who have demonstrated an interest in the preservation of trees and the beautification of Portland. The Commission serves as an advisory group to the PP&R Director and to the City Forester. The Commission reviews development plans and assesses the impact on the urban forest. It also acts as an appeals board for tree permits, sponsors the Heritage Tree Program, and educates the community about urban forestry issues.

Please address postal correspondence as follows:

Urban Forestry Commission
Attention: Brian Landoe
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 5000
Portland, OR, 97201

To email the commission, contact

Commission Members

Mark Bello (Chair), Barbara Hollenbeck (Vice Chair), Catherine Mushel (Secretary), Gregg Everhart, Brian French, Daniel Newberry, Meryl Redisch, Damon Schrosk, Vivek Shandas, and Thuy Tu.


Urban Forestry Commission Calendar


UFC Monthly Meeting
Third Thursday of every month
8:30 - 11:00 AM
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor

Education & Outreach Committee Meeting 
First Wednesday of every month
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Portland Building: Forest Park Room, 13th Floor

Policy Committee Meeting 
First Thursday of every month
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Starbucks at PacWest Center, 1211 SW 5th Ave.

Heritage Tree Committee
As needed. See UFC Calendar above. 

Providing Public Comment

All monthly meetings of the Urban Forestry Commission are open to the public and community involvement is encouraged. The first five minutes of every meeting are reserved for testimony and more time can be arranged if you contact us in advance. Simply send an email to and we'll find time on a future agenda.

If you do plan to attend a meeting and provide comment, please briefly review the following information.

  1. Sign Up: At the UFC meeting, simply add your name to the public comment sign-up list by 8:30am.
  2. Have a Seat: When the Commission Chair calls your name, please come up to the seat designated for UFC guest presenters.
  3. Come Prepared: If you bring hand-outs, please bring 15 copies. If you email the file to by 2pm the day before, we can print them out for you. 
  4. Relax: The UFC is made up of community members who care about the city’s trees, just like you. Remember you’re among neighbors and peers who are eager to hear what you have to say.