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Bill Naito Community Trees Award Recipients

Year Recipient Organization/Project
2019 Tom Ralley Tom has been a dedicated volunteer to Lent school for the past 16 years, expanding into caring for trees following the planting of 77 trees for Arbor Day in 2007, as well as the three Learning Landscapes plantings that have occurred there since. Tom has not only cared for the trees himself but has shared his knowledge and time with our Youth Conservation Tree Crew to learn tree establishment care. Tom has been a wonderful steward of the urban forest in his efforts to not only care for trees, but to recognize the need to teach younger generations to continue the care for years to come.
2019 The Canopy Stories Filmmakers This documentary series highlighted many of the great historical trees in Portland, as well as the challenges to growing an equitable urban forest in our city. This was NW Documentary's first anthology film project, featuring the work of ten local filmmakers who each took inspiration from a tree to tell a story, all on volunteer time. This group of filmmakers provided an accessible vehicle to share their inspiring stories with Portlanders and provided a call to action for everyone to do more towards raising awareness of why our city's trees are vital to our collective wellbeing and the importance of protecting them. 
2018 Carol Lee For bringing trees to the Jade District by effectively communicating with commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners about the value of trees towards improving air quality, public health and safety concerns in this low canopy neighborhood, home to many diverse communities of Portlanders.  
2018 St Johns Tree Team For dedicating, and re-dedicating themselves to the mission of caring for and expanding the canopy of this North Portland neighborhood through community workshops, tree plantings and inspiring use of digital media in an effort to raise awareness and call neighbors to action.  
2017 Catherine Clark 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.
2017 Tree Inventory Volunteers  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.
2016 Jim Labbe
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.
2016 Albina Neighborhood Tree Team 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. 
2015 John Iott Hundreds of hours of volunteer service with the Portland Fruit Tree Project and Green Thumb Community Orchard.
2015 Leigh Rappaport and the Leadership Corps of the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center's Rosemary Anderson High School Helped lead 2,200 volunteers to plant 4,000 trees on the I-205 multi-use path.
2014 Phil Hamilton For 21,000 hours organizing and working at the restoration of the Tryon Creek State Natural Area
2014 Damon Schrosk and Martin Nicholson with numerous volunteers World Record Tree Hug at Hoyt Arboretum
2013 Mark Franklin Managing 800 acres of Portland Public Schools' grounds.
2013 Anne Downing and David Douglas High School's English as a Second Language Class Students contributed to their communities by planting more than 1,000 trees
2012 Phyllis Reynolds 40 years of advocacy for urban trees
2012 Concordia Tree Team Street tree inventory and tree plan for Concordia neighborhood
2012 David Odom In memoriam, for his dedication to protecting and educating about trees
2010 Save Our Elms Preservation of Portland's elm trees from Dutch Elm Disease
2010 Bruce Nelson Volunteer instructor for PP&R and Friends of Trees, helped create an arboretum at Rigler Elementary School
2009 Chad Honl Vestal Elementary School play area improvements
2008 Friends of Columbia Children's Arboretum Restoration and development of the arboretum
2008 Jefferson High School Ecology Class Planted 28 native trees on the school campus
2007 Ed Kerns Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Group
2007 Eastmoreland Neighborhood Tree Committee Helped neighbors maintain and improve Eastmoreland's tree canopy since 1996
2006 Tuesday Crew Volunteers Hoyt Arboretum
2005 Jim Gersbach Ainsworth Linear Arboretum
2004 Sean Batty and the Parkway Improvement Committee Roseway Neighborhood Association NE 72 Avenue parkway improvement project
2003 Starr Hogeboom Peace Garden and Natural Area at Rigler Elementary School
2002 Dr. Joseph Poracsky Portland State University, Geography Dept. Urban Forest Canopy Cover Report
2001 Jane Glazer Portland's Heritage Tree Program, founder
2000 James Allison Friends of Trees, developed natural area planting program
1999 Doug Klotz Worked to protect trees using the City's landscape ordinance
1998 Friends of Trees Works with community to plant, tend, and educate about trees
1998 Terry Griffiths Advocate for trees in Woodstock neighborhood
1998 Sandy Diedrich PP&R No Ivy League program, founder
1997 Richard Seidman Friends of Trees, founder
1997 Portland General Electric Seed the Future Campaign