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Read and Meet: "From Stumptown to Tree Town"

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The award-winning book "From Stumptown to Treetown" takes readers on a journey through the histor-tree of Downtown Portland. Author and local historian David-Paul B. Hedberg will join us virtually to discuss Portland's legacy of tree management.
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From Stumptown to Treetown: A Field Guide for Interpreting Portland’s History though its Heritage Trees.

Portland earned its title of Stumptown following the acres of forest that were cut to make way for the roads and houses we call home 150+ years later. Read about the history of Portland's trees, where they've been and where they're going and join your neighbors to learn and discuss what might happen with another 150 years!

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Visit a Heritage Tree

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From Stumptown to Treetown, by David-Paul B. Hedberg, is an interpretive walking tour of 10 downtown Heritage Trees connecting historic photos to living trees in the city and invites you to explore some of Portland’s oldest living features. 

The trees of this city have been intentionally managed by humans long before taking the name Portland. There may not have been an Urban Forestry Division to manage the trees, but the streets, parks, and everything in between has been planted or cared for by humans - but what does that mean? 

Learn about Portland's long history of tree-lovers and caregivers who have made the landscape what it is today!

What is a Heritage Tree?

Heritage Trees are trees that have been formally recognized by City Council for their unique size, age, historical or horticultural significance. Once accepted by Council, Heritage Trees are designated with a small plaque and listed in the Heritage Tree database.

Learn more about Heritage Trees of Portland.


Please pre-register, an invitation to join the webinar will be sent to registered attendees beforehand with the link to join the webinar. The workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 pm. Please note that ufvolunteers@portlandoregon.gov email will not be checked during the scheduled program time.


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.
For more information on Urban Forestry - www.portland.gov/trees 503-824-TREE(8733) trees@portlandoregon.gov.