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Portland Arbor Day

Portland's 2017 Arbor Day Celebration

Thank you to everyone that visited, volunteered, or contributed to our 2017 Portland Arbor Day Festival! This was the first year that we held our tree celebration at Mt Scott Park and the change of venue attracted many additional visitors from Eastside neighborhoods and communities.

Despite a rainy start, the sun made an appearance just in time for the awards ceremony featuring welcome remarks from Urban Forestry Commission Chair Mark Bello, the presentation of Portland’s 40th consecutive Tree City USA Award to Parks Director Mike Abbaté by Jim Gersbach from Oregon Department of Forestry (on behalf of Arbor Day Foundation), presentation of Naito Community Trees Awards by City Forester Jenn Cairo and the reading of the Mayoral Proclamation by Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

It was great to see so many people come together to celebrate trees and our urban forest. Here is a look at the biggest tree party of the year, in numbers: 

  • Over 450 visitors throughout the day
  • 275 seedlings found a new home (Cascara being the most popular)
  • 150 Outdoor School wooden necklace kits crafted
  • 68 bucket truck rides for a squirrel’s eye view of Mt Scott Park
  • 48 tree climbers learning the ropes
  • 75 children participating in the BES scavenger hunt
  • Over 60 kids got face painting with PP&R Environmental Education
  • 35 Neighborhood Tree Stewards and Tree Team members gathered for a special workshop to share project ideas and strategies for success
  • 18 community partners tabling and engaging in scores of meaningful conversations
  • Three awesome musical performances
  • Two fantastic Naito Community Trees Award winners
  • One newly planted tree in the park with Friends of Trees!

View photos of Arbor Day here!

Help us to make next year’s Arbor Day even better by taking this quick three-minute survey:

Share your Tree Story!

Our story project continues! We want to hear from you, so send your tree story to In 500 words or less, please describe a tree that has been significant to you and why. Be sure to include information about type of tree (if you know) or names by which the tree was known. Also, where the tree was located. Feel free to send photos, too!

We plan to share these stories with the general public on our Urban Forestry website and as part of our greater art project, The Year in Tree Stories. By submitting your stories and/or photos, you consent to use of these by the City of Portland for any lawful purpose, including, for example, promotion of Urban Forestry programs, publicity, illustration, advertising and web content.  

For more information, please contact Nik Desai at