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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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2018 Golden DBH Award Winner

The 2018 winner of Urban Forestry’s Golden DBH Award is Denise Magnus, Tree Inventory Team Leader extraordinaire. Denise is a longtime resident of Westmoreland and a new volunteer with the Tree Inventory Project. She signed up for Team Leader Training as a way to connect to her city parks and neighbors while gaining a new set of skills.

At the first workday of the summer, Denise worked in a challenging section of Gabriel Park. Navigating the learning curve of the inventory tools and teaching volunteers simultaneously, Denise led 2 new inventory data collectors through the scientific process at Gabriel Park. When the workday ended, Denise told staff that she wanted to come back to finish her section because she doesn’t like leaving a job unfinished. When staff returned to Gabriel Park the next week, Denise joined them for 2 afternoons, finishing her original section and helping to complete the inventory of over 600 trees in Gabriel Park. She not only completed the goal she set for herself, she gained confidence with the clinometer and iPad, and that confidence grew over the course of the summer.

Denise, right, helps a young inventory volunteer collect tree data in Lair Hill Park.

Instead of signing up for workdays at the beginning of the summer, Denise asked staff to let her know which workdays needed more support so that she could attend events where team leaders were needed most. She attended workdays at 8 different parks during the summer, teaching tree inventory protocol to data collectors from all walks of life. At Fernhill Park, Denise shared her experience and expertise with 6 high school students from Madison High School’s Eco Club as they all worked together to inventory a section of the park. Thank you, Denise, for helping to empower Portland’s next generation of urban foresters!

Madison High School Eco Club members work with Denise at Fernhill Park to inventory trees.

Interested in learning more about the volunteering for the urban forest? Check out our volunteer opportunities and workshop calendar to learn more about events happening near you. Want to hold an inventory of your neighborhood park? We are accepting applications for the 2019 Inventory now