In March, Anjeanette Brown, Lorena Nascimento, and Megan Van De Mark were appointment by Mayor Ted Wheeler to serve on the Urban Forestry Commission. The Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) is comprised of 11 volunteers who have demonstrated an interest in the preservation of trees and the beautification of Portland. The Commission serves as an advisory group to the Portland Parks & Recreation Director and to the City Forester. The Commission reviews development plans and assesses the impact on the urban forest. It also acts as an appeals board for tree permits, sponsors the Heritage Tree Program, and educates the community about urban forestry issues. Please welcome the new members!
Anjeanette is an Outreach Specialist for Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.(OTI) and an OTI graduate. She’s served on the leadership committee for three years, received an award for extensive volunteer work, and was an instructor for OTI’s girls and young woman programs.
Personal Statement: I recently completed a volunteer position with the Community Advisory Committee with PP&R Urban Forestry. In that program, I found a deep connection with my community and other local tree enthusiasts. At the end of that program, I was recommended to apply for the Urban Forestry Commissioner position. I look forward to serving on this committee.
Lorena Nascimento is a Brazilian forester and a current Ph.D. student in Urban Studies at Portland State University. She has been working with environmental education, community gardens, GIS, and sustainable development. In Brazil, she had worked with indigenous communities, extension projects, and research with renewable materials. In Portland, she is a teacher assistant for environmental classes at PSU and an instructor in the PP&R SUN Program.
Personal Statement: I am interested in furthering my understanding of the city’s urban forestry policies. Further, as Ph.D. candidate at Portland State University, I am also seeking to acquire forest management knowledge which I can apply to Brazil.
Megan Van De Mark
Megan Van de Mark is a Neighborhood Trees Specialist with Friends of Trees, where she focuses on tree planting and tree care efforts in Vancouver, Washington and Clark County. She contracts part of her time to the City of Vancouver Urban Forestry and has previously worked for Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry's Street Tree Inventory Project. Megan has a M.A. in Sustainable Development and a BA. in Journalism and Women's Studies. Megan continues to pursue supplemental coursework in horticulture from local colleges and institutions. She is an ISA certified arborist.
Personal Statement: I want to serve on the Urban Forestry Commission because I am passionate about trees, about our community, and about the benefits urban trees can provide to our community when carefully managed. In serving on this Commission I want to help our city work towards ensuring that the benefits of our urban forest are more equitably experienced by all Portland residents. As an employee with the non-profit, Friends of Trees, my work is focused across the river in Vancouver, Washington, where I spend my days working to maintain and grow Vancouver's urban forest. Although I deeply care about this work, I also want to contribute more significantly to my own community's urban forest by helping to further educate and engage Portland residents with our urban trees and their benefits, by providing input on polices that will help us better accomplish this, and by listening to, learning from, and incorporating the community's feedback into these efforts.