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Pruning workshop with the Alameda & Beaumont-Wilshire Tree Teams – learn to care for young trees

Join Urban Forestry, the Alameda & Beaumont-Wilshire Tree Teams for a pruning workshop and work party!

By Mason Wordell, Urban Forestry Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member

Join Urban Forestry, the Alameda & Beaumont-Wilshire Tree Teams
for a pruning workshop and work party!

When: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm, March 25, 2017
Where: Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship | 3917 NE Shaver St.

Click here to register!

Agenda:
8:45 – 9:00 am – Sign-in, coffee & bagels
9:00 – 9:30 am – Pruning Demonstration
9:30 – 11:45 am – Pruning neighborhood trees in small groups
11:45 – 12:00pm – Return and wrap up

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry and the Alameda & Beaumont-Wilshire Tree Teams are partnering to offer this street tree pruning workshop to care for young street trees in the neighborhood. The Alameda & Beaumont-Wilshire Tree Teams are in their first year of tree stewardship, and this is their first pruning workshop in the neighborhood.  In Alameda, Small trees account for 33.2% of the street tree population, and 44.6% in Beaumont-Wilshire. Clearly, there is a high need to care for these young, small trees as they mature and grow. One important aspect of tree maintenance is structural pruning.

Pruning is an important part of tree care and maintenance, and everyone is welcome to participate in this workshop to learn more about how they can actively care for their trees.  Knowing when to prune and what to look for can help you make successful cuts that will help cultivate beautiful, structurally sound, and long living trees.  Read our previous blog post to learn more about pruning! View the City’s official pruning standards here.  

Meet us on March 25th at the Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship! We will be out rain or shine -  we recommend long pants and long sleeves, sturdy shoes and a rain/sunhat and bring a backpack, rain gear and water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

For more information, or if you have something you want to talk about, contact:
Mason Wordell
Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps member
Mason.Wordell@PortlandOregon.gov
(503) 201-3133

Certified Arborists can receive 3 hours of ISA CEUs for participating and leading small groups. Contact Mason for details!

Street Tree Pruning Work Party with the King-Sabin Tree Team

Join the King-Sabin Tree Team and Urban Forestry as we care for young trees in need of structural pruning.

By Mason Wordell, Urban Forestry Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member

Join Urban Forestry, the King-Sabin Tree Team,
and Green King for a pruning workshop and work party!

When: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm, March 18, 2017
Where: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods | 4815 NE 7th Ave. 

Click here to register!

Agenda:
8:45 – 9:00 am – Sign-in, coffee & bagels
9:00 – 9:30 am – Pruning Demonstration
9:30 – 11:45 am – Pruning neighborhood trees in small groups
11:45 – 12:00pm – Return and wrap up

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry, the King-Sabin Tree Team, and Green King are partnering to offer this street tree pruning workshop to care for young street trees in the neighborhood. The King-Sabin Tree Team is in their second year of tree stewardship, and this is their second annual pruning workshop in the neighborhood.  Green King is a small group that aims to promote sustainable environmental practices in the King neighborhood. Currently, Green King is working to design new green areas in the King School Park.  They have been active in fundraising and developing a concept plan for the project. Their past successes include depaving part of the parking lot to create a bioswale at the King’s Farmer’s Market location, and restoring the courts of the King School Park for mixed used sports, such as Tennis and Futsal. The King-Sabin Tree Team and Green King have partnered together to provide support during the King School Park improvements and planting projects.

Pruning is an important part of tree care and maintenance, and everyone is welcome to participate in this workshop to learn more about how they can actively care for their trees.  Knowing when to prune and what to look for can help you make successful cuts that will help cultivate beautiful, structurally sound, and long living trees.  Read our previous blog post to learn more about pruning! View the City’s official pruning standards here.  

Meet us on March 18th at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods! We will be out rain or shine -  we recommend long pants and long sleeves, sturdy shoes and a rain/sunhat and bring a backpack, rain gear and water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

For more information, or if you have something you want to talk about, contact:

Mason Wordell
Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps member
Mason.Wordell@PortlandOregon.gov
(503) 201-3133

To learn more about the King-Sabin Tree Team visit: https://kingsabintreeteam.wordpress.com/

For more about Green King visit: http://kingneighborhood.org/green-king/

Certified Arborists can receive 3 hours of ISA CEUs for participating and leading small groups. Contact Mason for details!

Historic Trees of the Dosch Estate

Come join us for a walk & talk on the historic trees of the Dosch Estate, in Hillsdale.

By Dave Hedberg, Urban Forestry Community Service Aide II

Henry E. Dosch’s estate “Villa Eichenhof” and historic trees. Image courtesy of Henry Dosch Papers, Multnomah County Library. 

Join Dave Hedberg, Urban Forestry, and the Hillsdale Tree Team for a 
a walk & talk on the historic trees of the Dosch Estate

When: 9:00 – 11:00 am on Saturday March 11th, 2017 
Where:
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church | 3228 SW Sunset Blvd. Portland, OR 97239

Register Here

“Who plants a tree knows not, nor thinks for whom
That tree may bloom;
But some one coming after him will bless
His thoughtfulness.”

            --- Henry E. Dosch, Report of Oregon State Board of Horticulture, 1899 

 

Dosch’s experimental walnuts from his article in “Better Fruit,” August 1909. 

Most of us would not recognize the name Colonel Henry E. Dosch, but odds are almost everyone has encountered one of his horticultural achievements. A favorite snack for both humans and squirrels alike, we’ve all seen the ubiquitous English walnut (Juglans regia).  Maybe you have this tree on your street or yard.  Perhaps you’ve discovered a sprouted nut in your garden, the forgotten cache of that rotund rodent. The point is nearly every day we are all dealing with, for better or worse, the accomplishments of Colonel Dosch. 

From Henry Dosch’s article, “Walnut Culture in the Pacific Northwest,” 1909.

In the nineteenth century, when no one believed the Willamette Valley could sustain English walnuts, Dosch experimented with grafting and popularized the Franquette and Mayette varieties of walnut here in Oregon. His success initiated one of the state’s most profitable horticultural industries at the time. 

Dosch’s experimental walnut, prune, and apple orchard at “Villa Eichenhof,” Image courtesy of Henry Dosch Papers, Multnomah County Library. 

Henry E. Dosch was a fascinating historical figure. He was a German immigrant, civil war soldier, pony express rider, gold buyer, Portland business leader, organizer of the Oregon Horticultural Society, Director of Exhibits for Portland’s 1905 Lewis and Clark World’s Fair, and a lover of trees. Dosch “retired” on his estate “Villa Eichenhof,” German for the house under the oaks, in in the present day Hillsdale Neighborhood. On his estate, Henry conducted numerous horticultural experiments, grafting walnut, prune, apple, pear, and many more types of trees on the property. He traveled the world, publishing papers for the State Board of Horticulture, and investigating new plant varieties that might bolster Oregon’s horticultural industry.

Villa Eichenhof in 2017, image by Dave Hedberg. 

Today, the house and many of the trees on it still reflect his love of horticulture. Using photographs and records from the Henry E. Dosch papers at Multnomah County Library we will use the trees on the Dosch Estate—living artifacts— as a lens to understand how human history and the natural world are inextricably connected. Weather permitting, we will go on a short walk to see the trees, one of which is a Yellow bellflower apple, Malus domistica. Recognized as a Portland Heritage Tree and an Oregon State Heritage Tree, it is the oldest living grafted apple tree in the west!

Still reading? Join us on this adventure! Register here!

For more information, or if you have something you want to talk about, contact:
Mason Wordell
Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps member
Mason.Wordell@PortlandOregon.gov
(503) 201-3133

Now Hiring Urban Forestry Seasonal Staff

Come work with us this season!

Urban Forestry Seasonal Positions – Now Hiring
Applications accepted until positions are filled. Priority given to applicants who apply by March 17, 2017.

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is seeking seasonal staff to work with its outreach and science group conducting work with tree inventory, monitoring, and stewardship activities. Multiple positions are available and work falls in multiple programs. Duties may include any of the following:

  • Conduct parks tree inventory workshops with volunteers in Portland neighborhoods. This includes public speaking, training volunteers, organizing logistics, and checking data for accuracy.
  • Collect tree data, including tree identification, measurement, and assessment using mobile ArcGIS.
  • Monitor Portland’s 2,000+ elm population for symptoms of Dutch elm disease. Requires travel throughout the city, visual inspection for symptoms, and recording inspection results.
  • Maintain tree inspection records, collect samples and send for lab analysis, and work with City tree inspectors and property owners during the removal of infected trees.
  • Manage and analyze data in Excel and ArcGIS.
  • Plan and implement tree stewardship activities for communities throughout Portland, including tree pruning, planting, maintenance, and education days.
  • Provide training, technical assistance and support to volunteers interested in leading urban forestry stewardship projects in their communities.
  • Administrative support duties for urban forestry programs, including data entry.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position logistics:

  • Work schedule is 32 hours/week and often includes Saturdays.
  • Earliest position start date is May 4 and typical duration is 5-6 months.
  • Starting pay rate is $16.50/hour.
  • Work site is 10910 N. Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217

For program details, visit the following:

Desired qualifications:

  • Tree identification skills, especially non-native trees
  • Experience collecting and maintaining data, especially with mobile devices
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Excel
  • Ability to work independently
  • Organization skills and attention to detail
  • Writing and communication skills, including report writing and public speaking
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • University coursework in forestry, GIS, botany, or related subject

Required for All Positions: Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record, must pass a criminal background check, and must be at least 18 years of age.

Application procedure: Applications accepted until positions are filled. Priority given to applicants who apply by March 17, 2017.

Send the following items to Julie Fukuda, CSA II, via email to treeinventory@portlandoregon.gov:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter that includes availability from May through November 2017
  3. List of three professional references

For questions, email treeinventory@portlandoregon.gov or call Julie at 971-337-7437. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by March 22. Applications received later than March 17, 2017 will be considered in the next review, if necessary.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability to your profile. You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for. Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted with your application.

Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization.  PP&R encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the contact named above no later than the closing date of this announcement.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Portland Parks & Recreation is also recruiting seven Youth Conservation Crew Leaders for the 2017 summer season. For more information, please refer to the Adult Crew Leader Application

St. Johns Tree Team Sets out to Prune Their Community Trees!

Please join us on March 4th for our pruning work party!

By Mason Wordell, Urban Forestry Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member

Join Urban Forestry and the St. Johns Tree Team for a
pruning workshop and work party!
 

When: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm March 4th, 2017
Where: Pier Park | Intersection of N Lombard and N Bruce Ave.

Parking & Transportation: There is a parking lot along N Lombard, in between Bruce Ave and Commando Ave. The 75 TriMet bus has a bus station in the parking lot.

Click here to register!

Agenda:

8:45 – 9:00 am – Sign-in, coffee & bagels
9:00 – 9:45 am – Pruning Demonstration
10:00 – 11:45 am – Pruning neighborhood trees in small groups
11:45 – 12:00 pm – Return and wrap up.

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry and the St. Johns Tree Team are partnering to offer this street tree pruning workshop to improve the tree health and walkability in the area.  Pruning is an important part of tree care and maintenance, and everyone is welcome to participate in this workshop to learn more about how they can actively care for their trees.  Knowing when to prune and what to look for can help you make successful cuts that will help cultivate beautiful, structurally sound, and long living trees.  Read our previous blog post to learn more about pruning! View the City’s official pruning standards.

Interested in learning more about where we will be pruning? Pier Park has a fascinating history embedded within the trees. Listen to this podcast to learn about the Doulas-fir trees and their role in “Bloody Wednesday” on July 11th, 1934.

Please join us on March 4th for our pruning work party! We will be out rain or shine! We recommend long pants and long sleeves, sturdy shoes and a rain/sunhat and bring a backpack, rain gear and water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

For more information, or if you have something you want to talk about, contact:
Mason Wordell
Tree Plan Coordinator and AmeriCorps member
Mason.Wordell@PortlandOregon.gov
(503) 201-3133

Want to learn more about the St. Johns Tree Team? Contact sjtreeteam@gmail.com!

Certified Arborists can receive 3 hours of ISA CEUs for participating and leading small groups.
Contact Mason for details!