Updates, Events, Trees in the News
Updates, Events, Trees in the News
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Tree Bark, News From Urban Forestry - All Trees, No Pulp
June 2020, published twice a month
Updated Application and Fees Begin July 1
Call before you cut Bright new foliage on a dawn redwood tree
Urban Forestry's permit process has some updates coming up! Below are the details to keep you informed.
Beginning July 1, 2020, the following changes are in effect. The links in this article will be updated with new application forms on July 1, 2020.

Tree Removal and Replanting Application

Replanting Waiver Application now ONLINE

  •  No fee changes ($100)
    • Applications and fee payment available online through DevHub 
Older versions of application forms will not be processed. Please discard any paper and electronic copies and use the new forms available for download here.

Paper applications will continue to be accepted by mail at:

Urban Forestry 
1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 5000 
Portland, OR 97201

View the Urban Forestry Fee Schedule.


For questions, please contact Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733) or by email at trees@portlandoregon.gov.

Upcoming Events

Opportunities to learn and volunteer!


Incense cedar with branch dieback, likely caused by a fungus.
Incense cedars (Calocedrus decurrens) with branch dieback, likely from a fungus.

Threats to Urban Trees - Pests, Pathogens, and Drought
Thursday, July 9, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Offered Online via Zoom


For all that trees do for us, being an urban tree is a tough job. Are you prepared to help trees help you?
Join Urban Forestry staff to learn about the insects, fungi, and other organisms that currently affect, or may be a future threat, to the trees in our city. The workshop will take place online from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. 
Please pre-register, Zoom details to participate will be sent by email.

Register here.

More Upcoming Events

7/21/2020, Heritage Trees of Portland: Heritage Trees are trees that have been formally recognized by City Council for their unique size, age, historical or horticultural significance. Anyone can nominate a Heritage Tree! At this workshop we will learn more about what makes Heritage Trees so special, how you can nominate a tree, and where to find the Heritage Trees in your neighborhood. The workshop will take place online from 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Please pre-register, Zoom details to participate will be sent by email. Register here.

July Pop-Up Arboreta: Have you visited a Pop-Up Arboretum in a Portland park yet? Well, there are brand new trees to discover coming up! Starting July 1, Berrydale Park, Gabriel Park, Irving Park, and University Park will have interactive and informational signs installed on trees! If one of these is your local park, be sure to visit before the signs are gone. While you are out there, tag @portlandparks on Instagram or @Urban Forestry - Portland Parks & Recreation on Facebook and let us know which tree is your favorite park tree. To see the summer Pop-Up Arboreta schedule, click here.
Rigler Elementary School Pop-Up Arboretum: Pop-Ups are not just for parks anymore! We are excited to share that Bruce Nelson, a dedicated volunteer in the Cully neighborhood, has created a neighborhood Pop-Up Arboretum at Rigler Elementary School. You can visit the school grounds at 5401 NE Prescott Street to see 70 signs, translated into English and Spanish, with information about the trees on campus. 
Remember – do not go into parks or onto trails if you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from other people. Respect park facility closures, such as playgrounds and athletic fields. Current information is posted at PortlandParks.org.

Portland Parks & Recreation has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. We continue to be in communication with and to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation.

Event Highlights

See photos from recent events!


A slide from the Ask an Arborist session on June 16.

Ask an Arborist Recap


On Tuesday, June 16, more than 30 Portlanders tuned in for Urban Forestry's first live Ask an Arborist session.
Our own Tree Inspector, Mariano Masolo, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, and Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator Clare Carney, an ISA Certified Arborist, were there to answer questions.
We learned about growths on leaves called galls, what the oldest trees in the Pacific Northwest are, and who is going to win in the battle between tree versus deck. (Spoiler alert, the tree wins.)
Get your tree questions ready for our next Ask an Arborist session in September!
Rigler School Arboretum: For All Portlanders
Rigler School Trees planted in the early 2000s. A Google street view of the Rigler Campus in 2019.
The trees planted at Rigler Elementary School back in the early 2000s have grown into fine looking trees today. Many other new species of trees have been added to the campus over the years.
Rigler Elementary School Arboretum is the site of a new community driven Pop-Up Arboretum this summer. Volunteers from the community worked hard to present information, in both English and Spanish, for about 70 different trees on the school grounds!
Although Portland is divided into many neighborhoods, neighbors often have a lot more in common than their zip code. One community that has proven this is the Cully Neighborhood. They continue to show up, year after year, in support of improving the Rigler School grounds through planting.
The largest neighborhood in northeast Portland, Cully is characterized by a highly diverse population. For almost 20 years, many volunteers, neighbors, and students from the Cully community have planted over 100 trees at Rigler! You can see a map of some of the trees here
One volunteer, Bruce Nelson, has been at the heart of the new tree signs currently in place at Rigler School. Ten years ago, he won the Bill Naito Community Trees Award for his dedication to expanding the accessibility of trees to all Portlanders, which you can read about here. Still a Cully neighborhood community member, Bruce also serves on the Urban Forestry Commission.
If you know of a volunteer or community group who has worked hard to support and protect our urban forest, nominate them for the 2020 Bill Naito Community Trees Award!

In Other News

Trees Along SE Reed College Place Part of a Community Created Memorial: A member of the Facebook Group, Hidden Portland for the Curious, posted photos of trees with temporary signs on June 14. From the post "On SE Reed College Place, between Woodstock & Crystal Springs, each tree is marked with the name of a Black victim of police violence...People are invited to walk, drive, or bike this stretch of Portland to reflect on the work we have to do. Say their names." Whether the memorial is still in place is not verified, but you can see the post, and a video in the comments, here.
June is Pride Month, a Chicago Neighborhood Celebrates with Pride Trees: Trees wrapped in rainbows has become a community tradition to celebrate Pride Month in Andersonville, a neighborhood in Chicago. Read about how the tradition started and browse the rainbow tree photos here.
What Outdoor Space Tells Us About Inequality: While some people have been able to take comfort in their yards, balconies, or nearby parks since physical distancing began, a recent BBC article explores how the difference in access to the outdoors has only gotten worse since the pandemic. Read the article, and some proposed strategies to improve access, here.
Urban Forestry
1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201503-823-8733
Portland Parks & Recreationwww.PortlandParks.org
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