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Free Street Tree Planting in Lents, Argay, Parkrose, and Parkrose Heights

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Up to 700 free street trees will be planted by PP&R Urban Forestry in the Lents, Argay, Parkrose and Parkose Heights neighborhoods this coming winter. These trees are funded by Portland’s Tree Planting and Preservation Fund and will be watered, weeded, and cared for through 2024.
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Free Street Trees in Portland

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry contractors will plant up to 700 street trees in winter 2021-22 in the Lents, Argay, Parkrose, and Parkrose Heights neighborhoods. Trees will be planted in the public right-of-way planting strip, between the curb and sidewalk.

In addition to planting, contractors will water and maintain trees for the following three summers. After October 2024, trees become the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to maintain, which is the same for all street trees under Portland City Code 11.60.060.A.2.a.

These neighborhoods have been identified as high-need for additional tree canopy.  Street trees provide many services, including:

  • Summer shade and cooling
  • Reduced air and noise pollution
  • Stormwater absorption
  • More walkable neighborhoods
  • Slower traffic speeds
  • Stress reduction
  • Beauty

Trees are funded by Portland’s Tree Planting and Preservation Fund, which is used to plant trees to compensate for those removed in property development and other situations. For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

I received a letter in the mail. What are the next steps?

To decline free street trees, the property owner must fill contact us by Monday, November 1, 2021 via one of the following options:

To receive free street trees, no action is required. If you do not decline by Monday, November 1, 2021, trees will be planted next to your property.

A river birch tree is planted near the street as part of the free street tree program.

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Timeline

  • Summer 2021: Sites selected
  • October 1, 2021: Adjacent property owners notified
  • November 1, 2021: Deadline for adjacent property owners to opt-out of planting
  • November 2021-March 2022: Trees planted
  • May – October 2022, 2023, 2024: Trees watered and maintained by contractors

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a street tree?
A street tree is a tree that is planted on city property in the public right-of-way, usually between the sidewalk and the curb.

UF Staff marking available place for tree
Street tree sites are marked in white paint

How do I know if I’m getting a street tree?
Carefully selected planting sites will be marked in white along the curb in front of your house. Property owners identified to receive free street trees will receive two notification letters via mail in October 2021. If you did not receive a notice, the right-of-way adjacent to your property will not receive a tree.

Why are you planting street trees?
Trees provide essential services for all Portlanders. Street trees provide shade, cooling, reduced air and noise pollution, storm water absorption, more walkable neighborhoods, slower traffic speeds, stress reduction, and beauty. 

Why are you planting in Lents, Argay, Parkrose, and Parkrose Heights?
These neighborhoods, along with others in East Portland, have been identified as high-need for additional tree canopy. West of the Willamette River, canopy cover is 56%. However, east of the Willamette River, where 80% of Portland’s residents live, canopy cover is only 21%. This means that the services and benefits of the urban forest are not accessible to many of Portland’s residents. For more information, see Portland’s citywide tree planting strategy, “Growing a More Equitable Urban Forest."

I received the notice but I don’t want a tree. How do I decline?
Two notification letters will be mailed in October 2021 to adjacent property owners identified to receive trees. You can decline the free street tree offer if you notify Urban Forestry no later than November 1, 2021. To decline online, please fill out and submit this form. Otherwise, please email us at FreeTrees@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-4025 and leave a message stating your name, address, contact information, and the reason for declining. Please note that only the property owner can decline a tree for a given address.

Can people who didn't receive a letter get a free street tree?
Only property owners who receive a notification letter are eligible for free street trees through this project. However, see this link for information on other City-sponsored tree planting programs.

When will the tree be planted?
Trees will be planted between November 2021 and March 2022.

PP&R UF contractor planting trees in planting strip between curb and sidewalk
PP&R UF contractor planting trees in planting strip between curb and sidewalk

Who pays for this?
This project is funded by the City’s Tree Planting and Preservation Fund. The fund is used to plant trees to compensate for those removed during property development and other situations.

How many trees will I receive?
Typically, 1-3 trees are planted per property frontage. Locations were marked in white paint and selected to avoid utility conflicts while providing 15-25’ spacing between trees.

What kind of tree will be planted?
Trees will be chosen from the City’s Approved Street Tree Planting List and will be appropriate for the right-of-way site. Trees are selected to be low maintenance and drought tolerant, maximizing the benefits trees provide to the neighborhood while minimizing conflicts with existing infrastructure. 

Who will be planting the tree?
Trees will be planted by professional contractors on behalf of PP&R Urban Forestry.

Who will take care of the trees?
City-selected contractors will water, weed, and maintain the trees through October 2024. This includes three summers of critical watering to establish a healthy tree. After October 2024, tree maintenance becomes the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, which is the same for all street trees under Portland City Code 11.60.060.A.2.a.

What if the tree damages my utilities or sidewalks?
Trees are selected to be the appropriate size and species for the available space. This program operates in compliance with Portland's Approved Street Tree Planting Lists and Planting Specifications to reduce potential infrastructure damage. Different tree species are approved for different site sizes. Utility locates are completed twice prior to planting. 

The adjacent property owner is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk at their property. More information on sidewalk repair can be found from the Portland Bureau of Transportation here.

What if I want to remove the tree?
A Tree Removal and Replant Permit will be required.  

Contractor using a hose to water a tree after planting.
A contractor using a hose to water a tree after planting.

What happens if the tree dies?
If the tree dies before October 2024, it will be removed and replaced. After that time period, the adjacent property owner is responsible for getting a permit to remove and replant the tree.

Can I make a special request?
It depends! Contact us at FreeTrees@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4025 to discuss.

Can I have a tree planted in my yard?
This project is focused on planting trees in the public right-of-way. Urban Forestry provides free yard trees to Portland residents through our Yard Tree Giveaway Program.

Who is Urban Forestry?
Urban Forestry is a division of Portland Parks & Recreation. Urban Forestry's mission is to manage and ensure Portland's urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations. Urban Forestry is committed to working with property owners, residents, contractors, and communities to enhance the urban forest and optimize the services that trees provide us all.

New street trees planted in grassy strip between curb and sidewalk.
New street trees planted in the grassy strip between the curb and sidewalk.

The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services. To request these services, contact 503-823-2525, City TTY 503-823-6868, Relay Service: 711.


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Contact

Mari Aviles

Tree Planting Specialist