These two volunteers made extraordinary contributions to the Tree Inventory Project this year
With the Park Tree Inventory coming to a close in 2019, we couldn't choose just one winner of the Golden DBH Tape Award, given to those volunteers who go above and beyond as we map, measure, and identify trees across the city.
Our first winner…
Jim Keiter has been a dedicated Tree Inventory Project volunteer since 2014 when he was trained as a Street Tree Inventory Team Leader. He then went on to help inventory park trees when we kicked off in 2017 and has been supplying leadership and laughs ever since. Not only has he helped out at numerous volunteer workdays this year, he also helped staff tackle Mt. Tabor Park and Washington Park. He also co-led the Hillsdale Tree Team by recruiting volunteers and helping coordinate the inventory workday at Hillsdale Park. His favorite method of recruitment is having great tree conversations over a beer at Salvador Molly’s.
Jim providing some humorous commentary at the beginning of a workday
There’s never a dull moment when Jim is in attendance and he never turns down an opportunity to share a thought or two and ask others deep questions about their favorite trees. A former middle school teacher, he also makes great use of his teaching skills and does an awesome job at training new volunteers on tool usage and inventory protocol. During the Hillsdale Park workday, he even recruited a passer-by to stick around and help inventory trees the entire workday!
Thank you, Jim, for six years of dedication to the Tree Inventory Project. It wouldn’t have been the same without you!
And our second recipient is…
Kelly Childers! Kelly came to Urban Forestry last year as a seasonal staff member, working on the Urban FIA Program- a partnership between US Forest Service and the City of Portland. It was then that we found out Kelly is a hardcore tree enthusiast. On one of her Saturdays off, she came out to Willamette Park to help inventory! It wasn’t a big surprise this year to see her take on a larger role with the Park Tree Inventory. Kelly helped organize and recruit volunteers for both Grant Park workdays, took on a lead role on her Neighborhood Tree Team and made it to almost every workday (she missed only one because of a wicked cold).
Kelly going over tree ID with a young volunteer in Sellwood Park
Being a tree enthusiast and a professional forester with the State of Washington, Kelly is always happy to share her extensive knowledge with whoever is around. She is kind, patient and encouraging to new volunteers. Kelly is also very humble about her skills, which helps others feel comfortable around her, whatever skill level they are at. She is always prepared at workdays, even going as far as bringing her own laser range finder to take tree height measurements; a treat for her teammates, who are always relieved to not use the challenging clinometer.
Thank you, Kelly, for your dedication, knowledge, and enthusiasm over the past two years. The Tree Inventory Project benefited much from your wealth of knowledge and genuine love of trees!