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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 Stewardship Support for Tree Teams and Tree Stewards

PP&R Urban Forestry offers financial, in-kind, and limited staff support for tree stewardship events- presentations, workshops, community projects and outreach activities for Neighborhood Tree Stewards and Neighborhood Tree Teams. 

Project Eligibility

  • Applicant must be either a Neighborhood Tree Steward or Tree Team.
  • Event must be conducted within the City of Portland and arranged by volunteers.
  • Projects must benefit trees that are publicly owned, regulated, or in public use and projects must show a clear public benefit. Funding is not available for trees that are solely privately owned and/or accessible. Priority is given to projects benefiting trees on City of Portland property or the public right-of-way.
  • All tree purchase requests will require a two year establishment plan and plans for long term maintenance of the tree. The establishment and long term maintenance plans must be documented in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the property owner and responsible volunteer group.

How to apply for Stewardship Support

Here are some examples of stewardship support:

1. Supplies and equipment - These may be borrowed from Urban Forestry for one-time events for no cost OR you can apply for the purchase of these items for on-going activities.

  • Pruning equipment: pole saws, hand saws, hand pruners, pole pruners, and loppers
  • Planting equipment: shovels, stake pounders, tree tie
  • Safety vests, gloves, hard hats
  • Watering equipment- hoses, buckets, water carts, watering bags
  • PP&R handbooks on pruning, winter tree id, summer tree id, and Heritage Trees

Example: The Roseway Tree Team requested watering equipment for community members to care for trees recently planted through a Tree Team/Urban Forestry organized tree planting event in the Roseway Park Blocks. Total cost was $400.

2. Community Tree Projects - This is a more involved endeavor and will require submitting the Stewardship Support Form AND a project proposal describing goals, objectives, benefit to community and explanation of costs involved.

Example: Albina Neighborhood Tree Team (ANTT) submitted a project proposal to contract for the removal of dead/dying cherry trees (identified through the Street Tree Inventory) for self-identified low-income neighbors. ANTT also arranged for the donation of replacement trees (and replanting) with Friends of Trees.

For questions or more information about Urban Forestry Stewardship Support, please contact UFvolunteers@portlandoregon.gov.