Help us Plant the Future of Portland
Tree canopy in Portland is not equitably distributed throughout the city: lower income neighborhoods have significantly lower tree canopy coverage and fewer street trees than other neighborhoods. As the responsible bureau for the management and regulation of trees, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Urban Forestry is mandated to maximize the benefits of the urban forest for all Portland residents (Urban Forest Management Plan 2004). PP&R Urban Forestry has been tasked to create a Citywide Tree Planting Strategy to guide efforts of expanding the urban tree canopy, with a strong focus on equity. PP&R Urban Forestry will be partnering with community members, stakeholders of targeted neighborhoods, and Portland State University to identify barriers for tree planting in low canopy areas and provide recommendations on how to gain community support for tree planting.
The Citywide Tree Planting Strategy Advisory Committee will provide input to Portland Parks & Recreation on tree planting strategy recommendations made by Portland State University. The committee will meet five times from June through October 2017 and will assist with the following:
- Reviewing City bureau and public agency priorities around tree planting
- Reviewing a prioritization data tool for selecting tree planting sites
- Identifying barriers to tree planting for low income communities
- Providing recommendations on how to best work with communities to plant trees and gain community support for tree planting, with special attention to communities of color and low income communities
Applications are due April 23, 2017
About the Citywide Tree Planting Strategy
Portland State University and Portland Parks & Recreation have partnered to evaluate ways to equitably increase Portland's urban tree canopy.
Portland has a goal of increasing tree canopy and its distribution to improve not only the environment, but also public health and livability. The project seeks to identify the best ways to increase canopy, with a special focus on equity. Currently tree canopy in Portland is below the city’s goal. Additionally, existing canopy is not equitably distributed throughout the city: lower income neighborhoods have significantly lower tree canopy coverage and fewer street trees than other neighborhoods. The reasons behind this inequitable distribution of trees are complex, and influencing factors include property owner income (trees cost money to maintain), past planting practices, quality and availability of planting spaces, pressure from development, and community attitudes towards trees.
Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry (PP&R UF) is committed to improving the equitable distribution of trees in the city. As the responsible bureau for the management and regulation of trees, PP&R UF is mandated to maximize the benefits of the urban forest for all residents (Urban Forest Management Plan 2004). PP&R UF has engaged Portland State University (PSU) to research this important issue and create a Citywide Tree Planting Strategy.
The goals of this project are to:
- Publish a strategy that includes a city plan analysis, spatial analysis, and recommendations.
- Ensure historically underserved neighborhoods benefit and are involved in this important work for their communities.
- Strengthen collaboration around tree canopy goals and planting efforts - internally between Portland city bureaus, as well as externally between the City of Portland and community groups.
- Create a publicly available, interactive planting map to help identify plantable areas based on city and community priorities.
For more details, contact Angie.DiSalvo@portlandoregon.gov