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537-2023

Report

Accept the 2022 Title 11 Trees Fund Report

Accepted

REPORT TO COUNCIL


DATE: May 25, 2023
TO: City Council
FROM: Jenn Cairo, City Forester
SUBJECT: Accept the 2022 Title 11 Trees Fund Report (Report)

I am pleased to submit for your consideration the annual report on the two Urban Forestry funds established by Title 11, Trees. This report summarizes the revenue, expenditures, uses, and plans for the Urban Forestry Fund and the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

In total, PP&R used the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund to plant more than 2,700 trees in parks, natural areas, and at schools across the city. PP&R’s tree planting activities are guided by the City’s tree planting strategy, Growing a More Equitable Forest, which was completed in 2018 and accepted by City Council in 2019. The strategy prioritizes new tree planting in low-canopy areas of the city with a particular focus on historically undeserved communities.

This report was shared with the Urban Forestry Commission and is posted on Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) Urban Forestry website.

We are excited to have these resources with which to improve and expand the city’s tree canopy, and we look forward to reporting progress in the future.

Sincerely,

Jenn Cairo
City Forester

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on the two funds established on January 1, 2015 by Title 11 Trees: The Tree Planting and Preservation Fund (TPPF) and the Urban Forestry Fund (UFF).

In fiscal year 2021-22, the TPPF received $1,822,419 in revenue against $765,550 in expenses. This resulted in an ending balance of $5,962,115. These funds are from fees paid in lieu of tree preservation or planting required by tree permits (tree mitigation fees), and fees paid for violations of city code pertaining to Private trees.

The UFF received $30,048 in revenue against $30,740 in expenses. Revenue to this fund comes from fees paid for violations of city code pertaining to City and Street trees. This resulted in an ending balance of $1,044,388.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

There are no financial or budget impacts directly from the submission of this report.

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

In FY22 the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund was used to plant more than 2,700 trees across the city. Tree planting in parks and natural areas is done according to park master and desired future conditions plans which were created with resident input and review, such as Citizen Advisory Committees. All tree planting is guided by the City’s tree planting strategy, Growing a More Equitable Forest, and furthers the goals of the city’s Urban Forest Management Plan including preference for native, evergreen and large form trees in appropriate locations, and focuses on low-income and low-canopy areas of the city. 

The Urban Forestry Fund supported the Tree Inventory Project, which provides data to support informed management of Portland’s public trees while educating the community on the benefits of these public assets.

100% Renewable Goal

N/A

Budget Office Financial Impact Analysis

No fiscal impact.  

Document History

Item 537 Consent Agenda in June 28, 2023 Council Agenda

City Council

Accepted

  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

Contact

Jennifer Cairo

Urban Forestry Division Manager

Requested Agenda Type

Consent

Date and Time Information

Requested Council Date