Join the UFC! Leaf Color Walk, Arbor Day and More!
Join the UFC! Leaf Color Walk, Arbor Day and More!
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Tree Bark, News From Urban Forestry - All Trees, No Pulp
October 2021

Apply to Join the Urban Forestry Commission!

Urban Forestry Commission member, Bruce Nelson, at a tree planting event. Vivek Shandas speaks at Arbor Day 2018, photo courtesy of Ken Rumbaugh.
Do you enjoy being active in the community in support of trees? If you do, the Urban Forestry Commission may be a good fit for you!
Joining the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) is one of the most effective ways community members can help care for our city’s urban forest. Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is excited to announce we are seeking THREE new members to join this important advisory body.
Apply Here!
The UFC is made up of 11 volunteers who have shown an interest in preserving and expanding Portland’s urban forest. The Commission primarily advises the City Forester, the Portland Parks & Recreation Director, and City Council in the development of policies, plans, regulations, and budgets pertaining to trees in the city.
Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. They are asked to serve up to two 4-year terms. Commissioners attend a monthly UFC meeting on the third Thursday morning of each month, and serve on at least one UFC committee.

Anyone interested in serving on the UFC is encouraged to apply by completing and submitting an application form on the UFC webpage.

For more information, please visit: or contact Brian Landoe at:

Upcoming Events

Opportunities to learn and volunteer!

Colorful Portland trees.

De Colores–Una Caminata Entre los Árboles

Saturday, October 16, 10:00am-11:00am
Knott Park–Reunión en el estacionamiento de NE 117th Street. Meet at the parking lot off of NE 117th Street.

En otoño, las calles y parques de la ciudad se llenan con los sensacionales colores y olores de los árboles. Únase a las actividades de Silvicultura Urbana de Parques y Recreación de Portland (PP&R, Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry) mientras exploramos los hermosos cambios estacionales de nuestros árboles.  

In autumn, city streets and parks are filled with trees of sensational colors and smells. Join PP&R Urban Forestry on this bilingual tree walk as we explore the beautiful seasonal changes on our trees.

Regístrese aquí / Register here:
Tree seedling giveaways at a previous Portland Arbor Day.

Portland Arbor Day 2021
Saturday, October 30, 9:00am-12:00pm
Lents Park, SE 92nd Avenue and Holgate Blvd.

What would Arbor Day be without planting a tree?
Join us to kick off the tree planting season at Lents Park. Bring friends and family to plant trees, meet neighbors, and enjoy fun family activities. This event is free, and all are welcome. Learn more about Arbor Day online.

Are you an experienced volunteer interested in helping at this Arbor Day? We need tree planting crew leaders and event support, learn more and sign up online!

More Upcoming Events

10/22-10/28/21, Friends & Allies Summit: The Portland Parks Foundation, in Partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation, is holding its annual Friends & Allies Summit. The theme of this year's summit is Parks: Where Communities Build Connections. Volunteers and members of groups that steward and develop programs for parks, natural areas, community gardens and community centers are invited to attend. Learn more and register here.
11/12/21, 8:30am-11:30am, Local Tree Care Providers Workshop: If you work on trees within the city limits of Portland, then this online workshop is for you. Learn about different kinds of tree permits and how to submit applications. Urban Forestry staff will be online to answer your questions. ISA CEUs may be available. After you register, we will send out the link to participate through Zoom. Register here.
11/17/21, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Portland Pruners - Get Involved! Join PP&R Urban Forestry virtually to learn about the Portland Pruners Program, how it works and how you can participate. The program is intended for experienced pruners to take a leadership role in organizing and leading a small group to prune their young neighborhood street trees. Learn more and register here.

Event Highlights

See photos from recent events

A ponderosa pine takes a wheelbarrow ride home with its new family.

Yard Tree Giveaway Events are Underway–Volunteers Needed!

Portlanders took home more than 500 trees at the first two drive-thru events!
The events at Mt. Tabor Yard and St. Johns Community Center had a steady stream of recipients in their cars, on their bikes, and with their wheelbarrows.

Everyone received planting instructions specific to their tree species, and all were encouraged to plant the trees as soon as possible so the roots do not dry out. Many recipients emailed, or even came back by the event, to tell us they had already planted!
Interested in getting a free yard tree? All trees have been reserved this year; however, we have a waitlist. Fill out the interest form on the Free Yard Trees page and we will email you if more trees become available.

We need help to make the next event just as successful!

If you would enjoy a day outside loading mulch and trees, we are looking for volunteers at the Powellhurst-Gilbert event on Saturday, October 23. You can sign up here.

Pop-up Arboreta - Wrap Up/Thank You

A young participant in the Pop up arboreta scavenger hunt holds a Douglas fir cone. A small child in a yellow jacket hugs a tree.
Pop-up Arboreta Scavenger Hunt activities included finding a cone whose seeds can grow into the state tree of Oregon, and finding a tree too big to wrap your arms around.
Another summer has come and gone, and with it another season full of Pop-up Arboreta in our parks. These installations would not have been possible without the incredible Adopt-a-Pop-up Volunteers who helped monitor, care for, and maintain the Pop-ups for all our park visitors. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Arboreta explorers used the tree scavenger hunts (download here) to complete short challenges, activities, and learn trivia about the trees of each park. Throughout 20 Portland parks this season, many trees were hugged, senses were stimulated, and new knowledge was discovered.
You can check out photos from the summer’s arboreta and the many early leafers, apprentice arborists, and dedicated dendrologists that explored Portland’s park trees.

In Other News

Reminder! Elm Pruning Season Begins on October 15: With cooler weather, the beetles which spread Dutch elm disease (DED), become less active. The pruning moratorium on elms in the City of Portland is lifted from October 15 to April 15 each year. Careful pruning and deadwood removal on elms may occur during this time. Remember, pruning City-owned trees requires a permit first. Questions? Email or call 503-823-TREE (8733).

Portland Fruit Tree Project Is Hiring a Coordinator for Their Fruit Tree Care Program: This role will coordinate the fruit tree care program including coaching tree owners on care, completing fruit tree care including pruning, thinning, some pest control, and collaborating on the launch of a new workforce development program. This position is benefits eligible. Apply now–position closes November 1!

Where to Check Out Fall Colors Around Portland: Portland Monthly has put together a list of places in and around Portland to enjoy the changing leaf colors. A quick scroll through their photos may inspire you to visit one of these places in person. Read the article here.
Urban Forestry
1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201503-823-8733
Portland Parks &
Commissioner Carmen Rubio • Director Adena Long
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