Where are the city’s big trees? What did volunteers learn from this year’s inventory of trees in parks? And how should neighbors care for their trees?
These are some of the agenda items for the 2017 Tree Summit and the workshops planned by the Urban Forestry team in the Parks & Recreation Bureau. The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Mount Scott Community Center, 5530 S.E. 72nd Ave. A link for registration is at www.portlandoregon.gov. The telephone number is 503-823-7529.
Since 2010, more than 1,300 volunteers working with Urban Forestry have inventoried the city’s street trees, which numbered more than 218,000 through last year. In the summer of 2017, volunteers inventoried park trees.
Some become volunteers to learn more about trees, and some take workshops in tree care and pruning. Neighborhood tree groups have developed to care for their local trees. Some volunteers say they develop more community connections by working with others on tree projects.
People value trees for their aesthetic value, sensory experience, the habitat they provide for wildlife, and for the cleaner air and water they provide, according to Urban Forestry literature. Trees also regulate summer temperatures and can even calm traffic, the experts say.