Here’s to another successful summer of mapping, measuring, and identifying trees for Urban Forestry’s Street Tree Inventory! As Urban Forestry staff are busy compiling reports, crunching data, and preparing presentations for the upcoming Street Tree Inventory Summit, we all reflect fondly on the fun and enlightening times that were had with our volunteers during the field season of the project.
Boise, Cully, Eliot, Foster-Powell, Kerns, Laurelhurst, Lloyd District, South Tabor, Sullivan’s Gulch, and West Portland Park all held memorable inventory work days over the summer. Whether it was Jim Sjulin stopping traffic to provide safe passage to a family of ducks, or Peggy Glascock cooking delicious breakfasts for volunteers on workdays, or Madison Weakley’s incredible enthusiasm and curiosity, there was never a dull moment as we all captured Portland’s beautiful street trees.
The tree inventory is simply impossible to complete without the dedicated help and support of all of our volunteers. The following volunteers are just a few of the 300-plus wonderful folks who went above and beyond in their contributions to the Street Tree Inventory:
Zosia Lynch received the Young Volunteer of the Year Award! A sophomore in high school with an interest in Wildlife Biology, Zosia impressed us with her keen tree identification skills and attended several inventory work days in most of the participating neighborhoods.
Kate Carone received the Community Inspiration Award! Kate was a driving force in rallying volunteers for Foster-Powell’s inventory and enthusiastically kept volunteers involved throughout the course of the summer, while effectively communicating the importance of the inventory to her peers.
Marianne Calhoun received the Neighborhood Organizer of the Year Award! As soon as she learned that Laurelhurst was accepted to participate in the inventory, Marianne stepped up to build a Tree Team and map out special projects well before the commencement of the inventory in the summer.
Kristin Wildensee received the Go with the Flow Award! As a volunteer new to the tree inventory, Kristin has been a joy to work with as she has adeptly handled challenging situations with ease and flexibility.
John Frewing received the Dependability Award! John attended every inventory work day in his neighborhood (Sullivan’s Gulch) and volunteered in a variety of other capacities, including GIS data entry and volunteer recruitment for the Lloyd District inventory, both of which he did well!
Fred Nilsen received the Arborist of the Year Award! Formerly a curator for Hoyt Arboretum, Fred was a treat of a resource for our volunteers. His dedication to all-things tree remains vibrant with his infectious enthusiasm for solving the puzzle of tree identification.
Bill Kownacki received the Dedication Award! Bill has volunteered in the tree inventory project for five years and his sense of curiosity has never faltered. We will miss him as he moves to Pittsburgh this year.
Jim Keiter received the Over and Above Award! Jim always maintained a fun and positive attitude and was very enthusiastic about the inventory. Not even a broken leg stopped him from checking out a homework section and continuing to attend inventory workdays!
Who could forget about our dedicated GIS Data Entry Volunteers? Alayna Cato steadfastly entered the most points into our system. Jerek Laursen volunteered for the most hours. Thank you both for going the extra mile with this critical piece of the project!
We recognized these folks at the Volunteer Celebration earlier this month and we look forward to seeing them at future events!
Tree Inventory Summit
Don’t forget! Saturday, November 8th, is the day of our Tree Inventory Summit! Register here to explore the findings of the 2014 inventories and compare findings with your neighbors!
We will share some fun findings, such as the largest trees and most unusual finds. Most importantly, we will begin creating neighborhood tree plans with your guidance and vision. Tree teams, volunteers, neighborhood association members, tree stewards, Friends of Trees coordinators, and neighbors are encouraged to attend.
If you are interested in crafting a plan and taking action to improve the urban forest, we want to see you there!