Congratulations to long-time Urban Forestry volunteer, Gregg Everhart, for receiving the State of Oregon’s Heritage Tree Hero Award!
The Oregon Travel Information Council’s Heritage Tree Hero Award recognizes people who contribute to their local communities, raising awareness, support, and appreciation for Heritage Trees.
Gregg Everhart is a long-time member and past chair of Portland’s Heritage Tree Committee (HTC). She is also a former member of Portland’s Urban Forestry Commission. She has a professional background as a landscape architect and a Senior Planner with Portland Parks & Recreation. In her work, Gregg has enriched Portland’s Heritage Tree Program with her knowledge of trees and how they fit into the novel ecosystem where people dwell.
In her years with the HTC, Gregg has personally reviewed hundreds of nominations. She has helped bring nearly 70 new designations into the program. Gregg’s work preserves Portland history and the space for large trees to grow within Portland’s ever-changing landscape.
Gregg will be presented with this award after Urban Forestry’s Knott Park Tree Walk, this Saturday, April 29th. At this event, the HTC will also honor one of Portland’s newly designated Heritage Trees, a Turkish Filbert, with a small ceremony.
For more information about the Heritage Tree Program and nominating your favorite tree, visit Nominations are due May 1st each year.