Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Urban Forestry's mission is to manage and ensure Portland's urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations. Our urban forest consists of 218,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees.
Urban Forestry is part of the Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau. It has three main workgroups under the Portland City Forester, Jenn Cairo. They are:
- Operations (Manager: Larry Maginnis)
- Permitting and Regulations (Manager: Casey Jogerst)
- Science, Outreach, and Planting (Manager: Angie DiSalvo)
Portland's Urban Forestry Division has a high level of collective certifications through the International Society of Arboriculture, as well as advanced degrees in Natural Resource Sciences.
The Urban Forestry Division serves as the City's arborist. Our Operations workgroup provides the following services year-round:
|Tree Emergency Response||Provide tree emergency response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all City properties and rights-of-way. Portland’s land area is 149 square miles, and consists of 4,851 miles of right-of-way, 140 developed parks, and 100 undeveloped parks. There are approximately 218,610 street trees and roughly 3 million park trees in developed and undeveloped areas.|
|Tree Planting and Establishment|
Installation and up to 3 years of establishment of all newly planted park and interagency trees. This number is generally 240 trees planted annually.
|Heritage Tree Maintenance||Cyclical tree care services for approximately 150 publicly-owned Heritage Trees located throughout the City.|
|Dutch Elm Disease Management/Plant Health Care||Wholistic approach to disease management including monitoring, inoculation, outreach, and rapid removal of certain elm trees within City limits.|
|Operations Administration||Support for incident command during weather events creating tree emergencies. Coordination and billing for interagency agreements, and emergency response. Work order and workload tracking. Interagency Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), data entry into permitting system.|
|Outreach Support||Participate and support training opportunities to various PP&R program partners such as the Youth Conservation Crew, PP&R Environmental Education, the Community Tree Care program with Friends of Trees, Learning Landscapes, and the Neighborhood Tree Steward (NTS) program.|
|Interagency Support||Serve as the City’s arborist team. Provide all facets of tree care for all City Bureaus and development projects, as requested or needed.|
|Wood Waste Management||Provide creative solutions for woody debris management to ensure no materials enter the waste stream whenever possible.|
Call 503-823-TREE (8733) at any time to report tree Issues, like a downed tree or major limb, on City property and public streets. Urban Forestry crews work on the biggest impacts first, as well as mitigating safety issues, before clearing debris.
COVID-19 Related Information
Learn more about closures and postponements related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Portland's Tree Code: Title 11 Trees
Visit the Tree Permits and Regulations page to find tree permit requirements and applications.