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Roseway Tree Walk

Thanks for your interest in Urban Forestry’s Feb. 25th event! Please read the event details below, and complete the registration form for each person who will attend.

Join Jim Gersbach from Urban Forestry and Catherine Clark from the Roseway Tree Team for an interesting and informative tree walk along the NE 72nd Avenue park blocks. Throughout the walk, they will be highlighting the benefits and beauty of conifers and broadleaf evergreens, along with other new deciduous trees in the blocks. Jim and Catherine will share the history of the blocks, with a focus on new plantings. Our urban tree canopy provides important ecosystem services, such as:

• Mitigating storm-water runoff
• Improving air quality
• Producing oxygen
• Reducing heating and cooling costs
• Providing habitat and food for wildlife

Mature trees are also associated with improved health and social outcomes. Evergreen trees provide these benefits year-round, and are additionally important in providing winter shelter for urban wildlife.

Despite the advantages of evergreens, a recently completed street tree inventory carried out by Urban Forestry and thousands of volunteers shows that in developed parts of the city, 90% to 98% or more of the street trees are deciduous, and the majority of these are small or medium size. Many of the new trees planted on the park blocks will attain very large size, thus contributing more benefits than smaller trees. Other trees recently planted on the Roseway park blocks are flowering trees with late spring or summer bloom times. This later blooming period extends the availability of nectar for pollinators. Other trees were planted to provide seeds and nuts relished by birds, squirrels, and other animals that share our urban environment.

Join us as we explore the exciting new large-canopy, pollinator-friendly and evergreen trees in Roseway.

When: 9:30 – 11:30 am on Saturday Feb. 25th, 2017
Location: Meet at Ira’s Deli | 7215 NE Prescott St.

Agenda
9:30 am – 10 am: Register, sign in, have a cup of coffee
10 am – 11:30 am: Walk & Talk with Jim Gersbach and Catherine Clark

Find us at Ira’s Deli, where we will have coffee and snacks waiting. We will be out rain or shine! We recommend long pants and long sleeves, sturdy shoes and a rain/sunhat and bring a backpack, rain gear and water bottle. Instruction, coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

Questions:
Mason Wordell
Portland Parks & Recreation | Urban Forestry
Mason.Wordell@PortlandOregon.gov
Tel: 503-201-3133

For more information on Urban Forestry – www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/trees

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Tree Inventory

Walking around your neighborhood, do you see spaces to plant a tree, street trees in need of maintenance, and neighbors who are concerned about their trees but don’t know where to begin? Through the Tree Inventory Project, Urban Forestry is helping Portlanders take action to improve their community’s street trees, one neighborhood at a time. Here’s a link for more info.

Volunteers are guided by Urban Forestry staff, who provide training, tools, and event organization. Together, information is collected on tree species, size, health, site conditions, and available planting spaces. Data are analyzed by Urban Forestry staff, and findings are presented to neighborhood stakeholders at an annual Tree Summit  at the end of the season in November. At the summit, neighborhood groups begin developing tree plans: They form a working neighborhood tree group and set achievable strategies to improve existing trees, expand tree canopy, and connect the neighborhood with city and nonprofit resources.

More than just producing data and a tree plan, this project brings communities together. Participating in the tree inventory project is a great way to meet your neighbors and connect with others who value our green resources!

Our Roseway inventory dates are:
Roseway 6/20/2015 Saturday 8:30 am – noon 1034909
Roseway 7/1/2015 Wednesday 4:30 – 8:00 pm 1034910
Roseway 7/25/2015 Saturday 8:30 am – noon 1034911
Roseway 8/29/2015 Saturday 8:30 am – noon 1034912

Contact the Roseway Coordinator:

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