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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

A Brief History of Naito Awardees

Year Recipient Organization/Project



1. Catherine Clark


2. Tree Inventory Volunteers


1. For exemplifying the spirit of Neighborhood Tree Stewardship by educating, inspiring, and leading neighbors to take action; and transforming the Roseway canopy, in the process.

2. For your dedicated service to the city — measuring, mapping, and identifying 218,602 street trees; and following up with myriad acts of stewardship in support of our urban forest.


1. Jim Labbe


2. Albina Neighborhood Tree Team

1. For contributions to the conservation and management of Portland's urban forest as a student, watershed council coordinator, consultant, citizen advocate, and as Urban Conservationist with the Audubon Society.

2. For their inspired, equity-based approach to working with neighbors and trees in low income neighborhoods, which may serve as a model of restoration for other neighborhoods in Portland. 


1. John Iott

2. Leigh Rappaport and the Leadership Corps of the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center's Rosemary Anderson High School

1. Hundreds of hours of volunteer service with the Portland Fruit Tree Project and Green Thumb Community Orchard

2. Helped lead 2,200 volunteers to plant 4,000 trees on the I-205 Multi-Use path


1. Phil Hamilton

2. Damon Schrosk and Martin Nicholson, with numerous volunteers

1. For 21,000 hours organizing and working at the restoration of the Tyron Creek State Natural Area

2. World Record Tree Hug at Hoyt Arboretum


1. Mark Franklin

2. Anne Downing and David Douglas High School's English as a Second Language Class

1. Managing 800 acres of Portland Public Schools' grounds

2. Students contributed to their communities by planting more than 1,000 trees


1. Phyllis Reynolds

2. Concordia Tree Team

3. David Odom

1. 40 years of advocacy for urban trees

2. Street tree inventory and tree plan for Concordia neighborhood

3. In memoriam, for his dedication to protecting and educating about trees


1. Save Our Elms

2. Bruce Nelson

1. Preservation of Portland's elm trees from Dutch Elm Disease

2. Volunteer instructor for PP&R and Friends of Trees, helped create an arboretum at Rigler Elementary School


Chad Honl

Vestal Elementary School play area improvements


1. Friends of Columbia Children's Arboretum

2. Jefferson High School Ecology Class

1. Restoration and development of the arboretum

2. Planted 28 native trees on the school campus


1. Ed Kerns

2. Eastmoreland Neighborhood Tree Committee

1. Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Group

2. Helped neighbors maintain and improve Eastmoreland's tree canopy since 1996


Tuesday Crew Volunteers

Hoyt Arboretum


Jim Gersbach

Ainsworth Linear Arboretum


Sean Batty and the Parkway Improvement Committee

Roseway Neighborhood Association NE 72 Ave parkway improvement project


Starr Hogeboom

Peace Garden and Natural Area at Rigler Elementary School


Dr. Joseph Poracsky

Portland State University, Geography Dept. Urban Forest Canopy Cover Report


Jane Glazer

Portland's Heritage Tree Program, founder


James Allison

Friends of Trees, developed natural area planting program


Doug Klotz

Worked to protect trees using the City's landscape ordinance


1. Friends of Trees

2. Terry Griffiths

3. Sandy Diedrich

1. Works with community to plant, tend, and educate about trees

2. Advocate for trees in Woodstock neighborhood

3. PP&R No Ivy League Program, founder


1. Richard Seidman

2. Portland General Electric

1. Friends of Trees, founder

2. Seed the Future Campaign