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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

  • 2019 Urban Forestry Commission Members

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), Anjeanette Brown, Gregg Everhart, Brian French, Lorena Nascimento, Bruce Nelson, Daniel Newberry, Damon Schrosk, Thuy Tu, Megan Van De Mark


Upcoming Meeting of the Urban Forestry Commission

April 18, 2019
9:30am - 11:30
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall, Lovejoy Room (2nd floor)

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Materials


 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 Avenue

Heritage Tree Committee
2019 Dates: 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 Street


Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Title 11 Trees

March 21, 2019
9:30 - 10:15am
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor

Proposed Code Change

The Urban Forestry Commission will be holding a public hearing to consider the following amendments to Title 11 Trees:

  • Remove language which requires the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund to be spent in the same watershed from which the funds were received.
  • Extend the period for which the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund can be used to water and establish newly planted trees from two years to five years. 

These amendments are proposed in order to more effectively achieve one of the intents of the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund which is to "advance the City's goals for the urban forest and equitable distribution of tree-related benefits across the city."

Watershed Requirement: This proposed amendment comes in response to the 2017 City Auditor’s report on Title 11 implementation which advised the requirement “could perpetuate existing tree canopy inequities.” Removing the requirement will also provide the necessary flexibility for Urban Forestry to execute the Citywide Tree Planting Strategy which prioritizes planting in low-income and low-canopy areas of the city. The strategy was informed by extensive public outreach with culturally specific focus groups, a public survey, and a community advisory committee representing immigrants, refugees, communities of color, and residents from low income and low canopy communities.

Two-Year Establishment Period: Portland’s changing climate is resulting in longer, hotter, and drier summers necessitating a minimum of three years of watering, and sometimes more. The two-year restriction results in higher mortality and subsequent loss of significant investment. Extending the watering and establishment period to five years enables to the City to more fully realize returns on its tree planting investments.

Written testimony can be mailed to the Urban Forestry Commission, 10910 N Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217; or emailed to urbanforestrycommission@portlandoregon.gov with “Title 11 Amendments” in the subject line. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.


 

Contact

Please address postal correspondence as follows:

Urban Forestry Commission
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, Oregon 97201

urbanforestrycommission@portlandoregon.gov


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 urbanforestrycommission@portlandoregon.gov 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 urbanforestrycommission@portlandoregon.gov 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.