What is a Neighborhood Tree Team?
Tree Teams work with Urban Forestry to plan tree events in neighborhoods, such as educational workshops, tree walks, or tree stewardship activities such as pruning or planting. Tree Teams also represent and advocate for trees at neighborhood association meetings and serve as a connection between Urban Forestry and neighbors.
Find Your Tree Team - Connect with your Tree Team and learn about what they do. If your neighborhood doesn't have one, learn how to start a new Tree Team.
Portland is very fortunate to have many passionate community members who care for their neighborhood trees. As well as providing scheduled workshops, Urban Forestry is available to assist Tree Teams and Stewards with their own tree care projects and events.
Urban Forestry also has additional opportunities and resources available for our Tree Teams, volunteers and stewards. Listed below are additional stewardship opportunities.
Interpretive Tree Walks
Hosting a Tree Walk in your neighborhood or in your favorite park is a great way to introduce new people to your neighborhood trees. Urban Forestry staff can provide resources for how to organize your walk, help you pick trees and create talking points. Urban Forestry can help promote your walk and create a registration page for people to sign up to walk and learn with you.
Tree Team Projects
Got an idea or need help thinking of an idea for your next Tree Team project? Connect with Urban Forestry staff help to learn about potential opportunities like tree plantings, tree giveaways, pop-up arboreta, local tree care projects, community outreach and more.
New Tree Team Development
Get help starting a Tree Team in your neighborhood. Connect with Urban Forestry to discuss how to make plans and goals for your new team and learn what resources are available for local tree care projects.
Outreach and Tabling Materials
Get access to Urban Forestry outreach materials to help teach new people about trees. Urban Forestry can provide tree care brochures, planting lists and information about local tree care and how people can get connected with their community trees.
Portland Pruners Program
Portland Pruners Program is a resource for volunteers interested in pruning young street trees in Portland. It is intended to make it easier for volunteers to use their pruning and leadership skills to make an impact in their own neighborhoods. Urban Forestry will provide you and your team with the materials and tools you need to connect with your community and prune young street trees.
If you are looking for more ways to get involved or are working to get volunteer hours, Urban Forestry will have many opportunities to volunteer with us. These opportunities include helping with Yard Tree Giveaways, Arbor Day, tabling at community events, assisting with workshops and more.
Are you and your team ready to seek funding for stewardship events or long-term projects? Explore these local funding sources for additional ways to support your tree stewardship activities.
- Urban Forestry Stewardship Support
- BES Community Watershed Stewardship Program Grants
- East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Grants
- East Portland Action Plan Grants
- Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grants
- Neighborhood Small Grants Program
- Portland Garden Club Grants
- Friends of Trees
- Bureau of Environmental Services Tree Program
- Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Learn about the Neighborhood Tree Steward Program - Take your Tree Team leadership to the next level by participating in this course.
For more information on Tree Teams, please contact: UFvolunteers@portlandoregon.gov.
About Portland Parks & Recreation UrbanForestry
The mission of PP&R’s Urban Forestry (UF) division is to manage and care for Portland's tree infrastructure in the City for current and future generations. Portland’s urban forest consists of 220,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees. The Urban Forestry division is involved in managing or regulating these trees. UF created and implements the City of Portland's Urban Forest Management Plan, fosters community tree awareness and stewardship, develops tree policies and programs, monitors and assesses Portland’s urban forest, and issues permits for planting, pruning, and removal of public and some private trees. During extreme weather at all times of the year, UF crews respond to tree emergencies to keep you safe and the City moving.
For more information on Urban Forestry at portland.gov/trees.