Portland Street Tree Inventory Comes to Foster-Powell neighbor Mt. Scott-Arleta

Portland Street Tree Inventory Comes to Mt. Scott-Arleta

Volunteers Needed for Identifying, Measuring, and Mapping Trees

2015 volunteer opportunities flyer

Portland, Oregon (June 8, 2015) – Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry and Mt. Scott-Arleta are mapping street trees this summer and creating a tree plan. The project provides opportunities for community members to learn more about tree identification and health, meet neighbors and local tree experts, and partake in developing goals for ongoing tree management.

Urban Forestry began partnering with neighborhoods in 2010 to map Portland’s street trees with the ultimate goals of connecting better to community needs and improving management of our urban forest. City-neighborhood partnerships have resulted in mapping over 100,000 trees in 26 Portland neighborhoods. This year the number will double as inventories are conducted in 20 neighborhoods, including Buckman, Centennial, Hazelwood, Irvington, King, Mill Park, Montavilla, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Mt. Tabor, North Tabor, Old Town/Chinatown, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Roseway, Sabin, South Portland, Sumner, Swan Island, Woodlawn, and Vernon.

Some of the goals determined by past neighborhoods include increasing tree diversity, locating new planting opportunities, and providing community education and outreach. Past participants have formed tree teams that meet regularly to tackle tree-related concerns and serve as a resource in their communities.

Rick Faber, a local arborist who has volunteered for the project the past three years as an arborist-on-call, says he, “Likes the concept, not just because the inventory provides useful planning data, but also the fact that it gets people out of their houses and seeing nature right where they live.  Nature is not found only on Mount Hood or in parks. The Street Tree Inventory allows people to take time to appreciate the nature they live in. It’s also a good starting point for neighborhood conservation and sustainability as a whole.”

Susan Oliver, a volunteer with the Street Tree Inventory, described her experience with the program: “You really take care of your volunteers – you make it easy for us to succeed, from the materials used in the inventory, to the perfect organization, to the knowledgeable floating arborists. I typically went away from the experience with more energy than when I started.”

Volunteers play an integral role in bringing the project into fruition. Team leaders and data collectors are needed to help collect and lead others in street tree inventories. Team leaders attend a training session in plant identification and commit to participating in three inventory days. Trainings will be held Saturday, June 6th at Hinson Church at 1137 SE 20th Ave., Wednesday, June 10th at Mt. Scott Community Center 5530 SE 72nd Ave, and Saturday, June 13th at Mt. Scott Community Center. Registration is free and required at http://portlandoregon.gov/parks/treeinventory.

Data collection volunteers can show up for any number of inventories and will be taught by team leaders how to identify and measure trees, determine health characteristics, and note conditions such as strip width and presence of overhead power lines. Training and materials will be provided.

The inventories will take place over 4 workdays this summer in Mt. Scott-Arleta. 3 Saturdays from 8:30-noon on July 11th at the Mt. Scott Community Center, August 15th at the Mt. Scott Community Center, and September 19th at Calvary Lutheran and 1 Wednesday from 4:30-8:00pm at Mt. Scott Community Center. All information and supplies are provided. Registration is available at the website.

About the project: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/treeinventory

About Mt. Scott-Arleta: Mt. Scott-Arleta Tree Team

Name: Emily Rintoul

Phone: 503-823-4484 Email: fosterecodistrict@nullgmail.com



Elections are coming!

Ever wonder how great things happen in our neighborhood?

Yes, we mean the Foster-Powell community garden, Foster-Powell garden tour, National Night Out event, movies and concerts in the park, and advocating for key projects like the Foster Streetscape Plan—and no, the list doesn’t end there! Your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association has been hard at work ensuring that our neighborhood is thriving.

On our upcoming election night we want to celebrate living, loving, working, and battling alongside one another! We’d love the opportunity to share a beer, tell you about our past accomplishments, our hopes for the future of our neighborhood and ultimately extend an invitation to you to get involved in big or small ways.

Help us as a neighbor* by joining us on Monday, May 11 at 6:30pm and voting in our new leadership. Even if you haven’t been to a meeting before we feel that it is important to involve as many neighbors as possible in the selection of our board members. Not only will you play an important role in our elections, you’ll also be privy to insider information; getting the scoop on what’s happening in the neighborhood and across the city.

Interested in getting your hands dirty and being a part of the month-to-month decision making? Then board or committee service might be for you. Feel free to join in the conversation and ask questions of current board members. Or, if you’re ready to get to work, step on up and offer to fill one of our vacant seats—we’d love to have you on the board! We will be electing new members to fill the position of Co-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

If you have ever spent time volunteering, you know that it takes all kinds of hard working and dedicated people to make things happen. Projects don’t complete themselves, issues don’t advocate for themselves, art doesn’t magically appear—people are the driving force. The same is true for our neighborhood, only in this case neighbors must be the driving force!

Thank you!

Li Alligood, Chair, Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association

 *Neighboring isn’t just for residents; if you work or own property in Foster-Powell we consider you a neighbor, too!