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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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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

About us

Created by Title 11 Trees, the Urban Forestry Commission is comprised of 11 community members who volunteer their time to advise the City Forester, Parks Director, Commissioner in Charge of Parks and City Council on matters pertaining to trees in the City including regulations, budget, policies and plans. It also acts as an appeals board for certain tree permits, nominates new and approves removal of Heritage Trees, and plays a significant role in updates to the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan.

Commission Members

Vivek Shandas (Chair), Barbara Hollenbeck (Vice Chair), Catherine Mushel (Secretary), Anjeanette Brown, Gregg Everhart, Brian French, Lorena Nascimento, Daniel Newberry, Damon Schrosk, Thuy Tu, Megan Van De Mark

Upcoming Meeting of the Urban Forestry Commission

January 17, 2019
9:30 - 11:30am
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor



View meeting materials from previous meetings

 Urban Forestry Commission Calendar

All UFC meetings are posted on the UFC calendar. Please follow the above link for upcoming events. Information on recurring monthly meetings, including UFC Committees, is included below:

UFC Monthly Meeting
Third Thursday of every month
9:30 - Noon
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor

Education and Outreach Committee Meeting 
First Wednesday of every month
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Congress Center, 1001 SW 5th, Room 507

Policy Committee Meeting 
First Monday of every month
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Mt. Scott Community Center, Small Conference Room
5530 SE 72nd Ave.

Heritage Tree Committee
January 17, April 18, May 16, September 19,  October 17
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Mt. Tabor Maintenance Yard, Mt. Tabor Conference Room
6437 SE Division St.


Please address postal correspondence as follows:

Urban Forestry Commission
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 5000
Portland, OR 97201

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 8:00am.
  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.