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Get Involved with Portland Pruners

Classes and Activities
Are you interested in pruning street trees in your neighborhood? Learn about the Portland Pruners Program, which helps to connect trained volunteers with the tools and resources to care for their community trees.
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Join PP&R Urban Forestry virtually to learn about the Portland Pruners Program: how it works and how you can participate.

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What is the Portland Pruners Program?

Check out the Portland Pruners Program for more information!

Hop online to learn about:

  • Completing your PPP interest form.
  • Determining which trees need care and which you can care for.
  • How to gain property owner approval (we provide the permit!).
  • Organizing neighbors and NTS volunteers to prune trees.

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.

This training is for volunteers with experience pruning from PP&R Neighborhood Tree Stewards, PP&R Tree Teams, or Friends of Trees' Community Tree Care program. 


Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry's mission is to manage and ensure Portland's urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations. Portland’s urban forest consists of 236,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees.

Urban Forestry is involved in managing or regulating all of these trees to differing degrees. Urban Forestry staff issue permits for planting, pruning, and removal of all public and some private trees and are on call 24/7 to respond to tree emergencies.

Contact

Urban Forestry Tree Hotline

Monday-Friday, 7:30am - 3:30pm

phone number503-823-8733

Press 1 - Tree Emergency Hotline (available 24/7 – transfers to emergency dispatch after business hours). Press 2 – Tree preservation inspections for open development permits. Press 3 – Root pruning permit information. Press 4 – Walk-in hours and location. Press 5 – General inquiries. Please note the Tree Hotline is not answered live. Urban Forestry's standard of service is to return non-emergency emails and phone calls within 3 business days.