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2018 Bill Naito Community Trees Award

Bill Naito2018 Bill Naito Community Trees Awardees!

Presented by the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC), the Naito Awards honor an Individual and a Group that exemplify the spirit of Bill Naito, founder of the UFC and champion of our urban forest.


Winner of the Individual Award: Carol Lee

Carol Lee is a community leader in the Jade District, a 2017 Neighborhood Tree Steward and graduate of the founding class of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon’s (APANO) “Climate, Health and Housing Institute (CHHI).” Through her advocacy and community mobilizing skills, Carol has contributed immensely to the success of the Jade Greening Project, by bringing nearly 50 trees to this low canopy neighborhood. She achieved this by connecting with commercial, industrial, and multi-family property owners, communicating the benefits of trees to addressing air quality, public health, and community safety, and securing their participation in this Bureau of Environmental Services Tree Program, ensuring planting and 3 years of establishment. Her efforts in this project will have a direct and long-lasting impact in making the Jade District a healthier and safer place for the many diverse communities of Portlanders that call it home. 

Winner of the Group Award: St. Johns Tree Team

The St. Johns Tree Team (SJTT) has proven itself exemplary in its efforts at encouraging stewardship and support for trees in this North Portland neighborhood. Tree Team members host regular meetings, plan community events using data from the Street Tree Inventory and are systematically pruning all young street trees in the neighborhood through participation in Urban Forestry Workshops. Most recently, the SJTT worked with Urban Forestry to plan and plant ten carefully curated trees in the Chimney Park off-leash dog area, after identifying proper places for trees in this unique setting. Their dedication to increasing awareness of the many benefits that trees provide and encouraging community participation in neighborhood tree care activities is evidenced by their website, which clearly communicates their mission.

About the Naito Award

The Urban Forestry Commission created this annual award in honor of the builder and community leader who did so much to beautify Portland with trees. Bill Naito rarely missed an Urban Forestry Commission meeting, which he founded in 1974 and chaired until his death. No one in Portland had been more tenacious than Bill at encouraging the planting of trees. Through his humor, persistence, and imaginative approach to projects, he inspired many individuals to recognize the beauty trees bring to our city. The Bill Naito Community Trees Award is presented to individuals, organizations or projects that have continued Bill's work and reflect his dedication. Click here to see a list of past awardees.

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