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Bill Naito Community Trees Award

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Portland's Urban Forestry Commission created the annual Bill Naito award in honor of the late builder and community leader who did so much to beautify Portland with trees. He rarely missed an Urban Forestry Commission meeting, which he founded in 1974 and chaired until his death.

Bill was especially devoted to Portland's trees. Through his humor, persistence and imaginative approach to projects, he inspired many individuals to recognize the beauty trees bring to our city.

The Bill Naito Award was created to honor the stories of individuals, organizations or projects that have continued Bill's work and reflect his dedication. Together, these stories weave a picture of our community's dedication to Portland's urban forest heritage.


This award recognizes those whose work, like Bill's, has enhanced Portland's urban forest and inspired others to recognize the beauty and benefits of trees. Specific projects that have creatively addressed the opportunities for tree planting or tree preservation are also eligible to receive an award.

Two awards are dedicated annually:

  • Individual
  • Groups or Institutions 

In order for the project to qualify, it needs to at least be close to completion. Work must be completed within the City of Portland.

How to Apply

Apply Here

If you know of an individual or group whose work in tree planting, preservation, or stewardship should be considered for this special award, please submit an application.

The recipients of the Bill Naito award should be an individual or group whose volunteer work* is recognized by the community. The application must include a one-page story about the nominee, showing their innovative and creative approaches, diligent commitment, and community involvement or community-wide impact.

*Volunteer work: voluntary work where the individual or group’s actions are done without pay or obligation, and not as a part of their employment. 

2020 Bill Naito Community Trees Award

2019 Bill Naito Community Trees Award

Bill Naito Community Trees Award Recipients 

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