Approve the designation of nine trees as City of Portland Heritage Trees and remove the Heritage Tree designation from five trees


The City of Portland ordains:

Section 1. The Council finds:

  1. Section 11.20.060 of the City Code provides for the listing, designation, and maintenance of Heritage Trees within the city which, because of their age, size, type, historical association or horticultural value, are of special importance to the City.
  2. The Heritage Tree Committee has inspected and evaluated nine significant trees nominated for inclusion in the Portland Heritage Tree program.  The Committee presented its findings to Portland's Urban Forestry Commission, a volunteer body.  The Urban Forestry Commission recommends that City Council designate these trees as Heritage Trees.

  3. Section 11.20.060 of the City Code further instructs that “The Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) makes a recommendation to City Council as to whether the Heritage Tree designation should be removed from a tree...City Council may remove the designation if it finds that the designation is no longer appropriate.” The Urban Forestry Commission recommends five trees listed below be removed from the list because they have died and were physically removed or are dying and need to be removed. This action will reconcile the Heritage Tree list with current designations.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. Under the provision of PCC 11.20.060, the following trees are designated as Heritage Trees and are included in Portland's Heritage Tree program as outlined in Exhibit A:
    1. Abies grandis, grand fir, privately owned tree at 7100 SW Brier Place
    2. Cedrus deodara, deodar cedar, privately owned tree at 617 NE Prescott Street
    3. Cedrus deodara, deodar cedar, privately owned tree at 617 NE Prescott Street
    4. Thuja plicata, western redcedar, publicly owned tree at 7077 SW 32nd Avenue
    5. Cercidiphyllum japonicum, katsura,publicly owned tree at Pier Park
    6. Sequoiadendron giganteum, giant sequoia, privately owned tree at 3114 NW Thurman Street
    7. Pseudotsuga menziesii, Douglas fir, publicly owned tree at 5518 SE 139th Avenue
    8. Cinnamomum japonicum, Japanese cinnamon, publicly owned tree at 3223 NE 16th Avenue
    9. Cinnamomum japonicum, Japanese cinnamon, publicly owned tree at 3223 NE 16th Avenue
  2. Under the provisions of PCC 11.20.060, Heritage Tree designation is removed from the following trees because the trees are dead, dying or have been removed as outlined in Exhibit A:

    1. Cornus nuttallii, Pacific dogwood, publicly owned tree at 5009 N Girard Street, #76
    2. Quercus palustris, pin oak, privately owned tree at 2825 SE Tolman Street, #191
    3. Quercus garryana, Oregon white oak, publicly owned tree at 7654 N Crawford Street, #200
    4. Acer macrophyllum, bigleaf maple,privately owned tree at 649 SE 26th Avenue, #295
    5. Pinus bungeana, lacebark pine,privately owned tree at 4600 SW Maplewood Rd., #331

Documents and Exhibits

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

To complete the annual Heritage Tree nomination process for trees worthy of recognition in the City, and to delist trees that have died or been removed.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts


Community Impacts and Community Involvement

Heritage Tree nominations come from members of the public. They are vetted by a committee of the Urban Forestry Commission that includes UFC members, members of the public, and City staff. It is a goal of the committee to have Heritage Trees equitably distributed throughout the City. Nominated trees are considered and recommended to City Council by the Urban Forestry Commission. Property owners of privately owned trees have given consent to the Heritage Tree designation. If the nominated tree overhangs into adjacent lots, those property owners have been notified and given an opportunity to comment on the pending status.

100% Renewable Goal


Budget Office Financial Impact Analysis

No fiscal impact. 

Agenda Items

419 Regular Agenda in May 18-19, 2022 Council Agenda

Passed to second reading

Passed to second reading May 25, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

456 Regular Agenda in May 25-26, 2022 Council Agenda


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