In 2016, Urban Forestry wrapped up the multi-year Street Tree Inventory Project. With the help of over 1,300 volunteers, we measured, mapped and identified more than 218,000 street trees in 96 Portland neighborhoods!
This project provided neighborhood-specific data describing tree canopy characteristics such as: species diveristy and tree type composition, distribution of trees by size class, susceptibility of tree canopy to pests and pathogens, estimates of tree benefits (cooling effects, stormwater management, air quality improvements), available planting opportunities, and recommendations for care of existing trees and planning for the future.
- Can you envision what your neighborhood canopy could look like in 20 or 30 years if the streets were lined with trees?
- Do you see streets in your neighborhood where new plantings have the potential to become strong healthy shady trees if properly care for?
- Do you see open spaces where trees could be?
- Are there historically significant, magnificent trees that could be nominated to be Heritage Trees?
With assistance from Urban Forestry staff, Tree Teams consider these types of questions as they develop Tree Plans and set goals for the improvement of the neighborhood forest.
The Tree Plan can then be used to guide community tree stewardship workshops, events and educational activities and as an outreach tool to the community.