Tough Trees Bootcamp - Portsmouth

Volunteer Event
Portland’s trees work hard, but our volunteers work even harder! Join your neighbors outdoors this spring, working on the body mechanics that keep tree caregivers strong and applying these skills to our community’s trees.
Neighborhood Tree Stewards provide pruning care to a tree.
Staking a newly planted tree.

Just as our trees need regular care, we need to remember to take care of ourselves. Join your neighbors outdoors this spring, working on the body mechanics that keep tree caregivers strong and applying these skills to our community’s trees.

Street tree maintenance in the City of Portland is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, but many do not know this, and young street trees struggle to make it to maturity without aid. Tough Trees Bootcamp is designed to keep the trees of our community strong while also strengthening the bonds of our community and those who care for trees.

Brush up on your pruning skills with online webinars!

Location is in Portsmouth Neighborhood, meeting address will be shared after registration. 

Volunteer Roles

Pruning Preparers

Volunteer evaluating trees.

Get your steps in with a purpose! Walk over 1 mile to canvass selected streets to evaluate trees in need of care and report collected information to project manager. Volunteers will receive materials to notify the tree’s owner of the community care project prior to the event day. Time commitment: 1-3 hours, flexible dates (4/2 – 4/6)

Register Online

Volunteers should have attended an introductory tree pruning training with Portland Urban Forestry or similar program.

Following registration, volunteers will receive project location, instructional training, and all materials to complete assessment and outreach project. Data to be collected for trees includes location, DBH, and pruning goals to be achieved. 

Tree Caregivers

NTS Tree Pruning

Learn the body mechanics that keep our arborists limber as a pine. Planting, pruning, and caring for trees can be tough on our bodies, but there are techniques to best use your strength and stay safe.  Time commitment: 1.5 hours, Saturday 4/10/21, 3 sections available.

  • Provide mulch to young street trees.
  • Give trees <10” DBH a first or second pruning.
  • Share our love of trees with neighbors!

Register Online

Support Steward

Assist Urban Forestry staff with stewardship event support. Time commitment: 3 hours, Saturday 4/10/21, 2 volunteers needed.

Volunteers in this role will:

  • Provide setup or breakdown assistance.
  • Oversee Caregiver safety, sanitation, and tool separation.
  • Monitor for quality control of stewardship.

Register Online

Before registering or attending any in-person event, please visit our Workshops page to read about our Safe Stewardship Guidelines

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.
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