NW Neighborhood Tree Group Forming Now!

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The results of the 2012 NW Portland Street Tree Inventory detailed the benefits of the neighborhood’s extensive tree canopy (http://www.northwestdistrictassociation.org/?p=4709). However, the study also exposed specific weaknesses that will ultimately affect the health of the community. What can be done to overcome these deficiencies? How does a neighborhood insure a healthy street tree canopy for future generations?

A NW Neighborhood Tree Group is forming now to develop short term and long term strategies and to turn those strategies into actions.

The group’s first meeting will be Thursday, November 29, 10-11:30am at Friendly House. If you are interested in trees and would like to help with this effort, please join us. Everyone is welcome. To learn more and get involved, please contact Mary Ann Pastene, maryann.pastene@gmail.com.

2012 NW District Street Tree Inventory Results

The 2012 NW District Street Tree Inventory Results have been compiled and analyzed. Some highlights of the analysis:

 Population Structure

• The street tree population consists of 5,013 trees of 82 types. Red maple (15.5%), cherry (10.3%), and Norway maple (9.8%) are the most common.  The Northwest District does not meet the species diversity guideline for individual species, genus, or family. Red maple and cherry are overrepresented at 15.5% and 10.3% respectively.

• Northwest District’s trees have an uneven age distribution. Thirty percent of all trees are less than 6” diameter, 30% are between 6” and 12”, 25% are between 12” and 18”, and 16% are larger than 18”.

• 61.5% of trees rated good, 29.0% rated fair, 8.7% poor, and 0.8% are dead.

Stocking level

• 87% of all street tree planting spaces are currently stocked with trees.

• 762 available planting spaces have been identified, including 71 high priority spaces in wide planting strips without overhead wires.

Replacement Values

• The replacement cost of the street tree population is valued at $19,119,874. The tree types with the greatest replacement values were red maple ($3,181,453), cherry ($2,614,455), Norway maple

($1,757,144) and elm ($1,651,289): these four tree types account for 48% of the total replacement value.

Environmental and Aesthetic Benefits

• Northwest District’s street trees provide over $440,000 annually in environmental services and aesthetic benefits, including $286,000 in property value increases, $9,000 in air quality improvement, $5,000 in carbon dioxide reduction, $27,000 in energy savings, and $113,000 in stormwater processing.

• Each tree provides an average of $96 worth of benefits annually.

 

The full report can be downloaded here: NW_Tree_Inventory_2012.pdf

Also,   a web based version of the tree inventory map can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/T1yWyn. (Start with an address search or zooming in to your neighborhood.)

 

What Next? Join the Tree Group!

What can be done to overcome the weaknesses of our current street tree population? How do we insure a healthy street tree canopy for future generations? A Neighborhood Tree Group is currently being formed to develop short term and long term strategies and to turn those strategies into actions, which may include:
- Identifying potential Heritage Tree Candidates
- Organizing a neighborhood wide tree planting
- Developing a program to inoculate our elm trees for Dutch Elm Disease
- And more

The group’s first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, 10am, location to be determined. To learn more and get involved, please contact Mary Ann Pastene, maryann.pastene@gmail.com

2012 Tree Inventory Summit

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2012 Tree Inventory Summit

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central St.

Tree inventory volunteers spent the summer sporting yellow safety vests, working a diameter tape, and seeking the answer to the never ending “opposite or alternate?” leaf arrangement question. Undeterred by heat, rain, curious bystanders, and shrubs posing as trees, volunteers collected thousands of tree data points in Hosford-Abernethy, NW District, and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Now it’s time for the fun part – unveiling the results! Answers to all of your questions about stocking level, species diversity, and health of your neighborhood’s trees will be revealed at the Tree Inventory Summit.

Join us to explore results of the inventories and compare findings among neighborhoods. We will also share the largest trees and most unusual finds. And most importantly, we will begin creating neighborhood tree plans with your guidance and vision.

Tree teams, neighborhood association members, tree stewards, Friends of Trees coordinators, and neighbors are encouraged to attend, along with anyone interested in crafting a plan and taking action to improve the urban forest.

Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration

9 am – noon: Inventory findings, analysis, and recommendations from Urban Forestry staff

Noon – 1 pm: break for lunch

1 – 4 pm: Tree Plan work session: setting goals and priorities, working with partners, and gearing for action

Cost: Free! Please register prior to November 3.

Registration: Click here to register.

Inventory Reports: Inventory reports will be distributed via email prior to the summit. Urban Forestry is working hard to complete data entry and analysis, and as soon as results are ready they will be distributed.

Inventory Reports:  Inventory reports will be distributed via email prior to the summit. Urban Forestry is working hard to complete data entry and analysis, and as soon as results are ready they will be distributed.

If you have questions about the Summit, please contact, Angie DiSalvo, Botanic Specialist II, Urban Forestry, Portland Parks & Recreation | City Nature, 503-823-4484, angie.disalvo@portlandoregon.gov

If you are interested in working on the NWDA tree plan, but are unable to attend the Summit, please contact Mary Ann Pastene at Safety@northwestdistrictassociation.org.

 

 

Tree Inventory Summit Sat. Nov. 10

Attend this summit to learn about the results of our hard work and where we go from here.

How will neighborhoods use the data to improve their urban forest? To help, Urban Forestry is planning a Tree Inventory Summit on Saturday, November 10. Together we will review results, compare findings amongst neighborhoods, and begin creating neighborhood tree plans. You are encouraged to bring your tree team, neighborhood association members, tree stewards, Friends of Trees coordinators, and others interested in crafting a plan to ensure the urban forest thrives. We will also take time to celebrate a successful inventory season and network with other tree enthusiasts.

Tree Inventory Summit – Saturday, November 10 

St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central St., Portland, OR 97203

9am – noon: Inventory findings, analysis, recommendations, and guest speakers

1 – 4 pm: Workshop for Hosford-Abernethy, NW District, and Sunnyside neighbors to establish tree goals, action items, and draft Tree Plans.

 

 

 

Tree Inventory News!!

Thanks to everyone who has helped at our Tree Inventory Work Days. We have been extremely productive. So much so, that we will be cancelling the Sept. 22 work day (our last one) because there will be not much left to count. The Sept. 8 day is still a go. I hope to see you there. We will be meeting at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Bldg. 2, North and South Conference Room, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue, 8:30am-noon.

And, all our hard work will lead to this…

November 10th: Tree Inventory Summit! Hold the date– we’ll be getting together for a summit to look at all the data that was collected over the season, put together neighborhood management plans, and discuss further resources and community involvement. Hope to see you there as well.

1 more chance to help care for our Street Trees

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Three more chances to help out at the 2012 Street Tree Inventory. This inventory will be used to develop a tree stewardship plan for northwest Portland. Volunteers are needed on the following work days (no skills required). Please sign up by visiting the web address

Saturday, September 8, 8:30am-noon, meet at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Bldg. 2, North and South Conference Room, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue
http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees3

 

For more information, contact Mary Ann Pastene at safety@northwestdistrictassociation.org.

Volunteers Needed – Inventory Street Trees in Northwest Portland

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With the help of the City of Portland Urban Forestry staff, the Northwest District Association (NWDA) will be conducting a street tree inventory throughout the summer. This inventory will be used to develop a tree stewardship plan for northwest Portland. Volunteers are needed on the following work days (no skills required). Please sign up by visiting the web address

Saturday, September 8, 8:30am-noon, meet at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Bldg. 2, North and South Conference Room, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue
http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees3

For more information, contact Mary Ann Pastene at safety@northwestdistrictassociation.org.

Do You Care About Neighborhood Trees?

Then Volunteer to Protect Them by Helping Out with the NWDA 2012 Street Tree Inventory

Volunteer DATA COLLECTORS and volunteer TEAM LEADERS are needed on the following Saturdays, 8:30am–noon. Please sign up by visiting the web address:
7/28/2012 (at Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave)     http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees1
8/25/2012 (at Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave)     http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees2
9/8/2012 (at Legacy Good Sam, Bldg.2, 1040 NW 22nd)    http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees3
9/22/2012 (at Trinity Episcopal, 147 Northwest 19th Ave)     http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees4

A DATA COLLECTOR will be paired with a TEAM LEADER to identify, measure and map trees, in a designated set of neighborhood blocks. No experience is needed to be a DATA COLLECTOR.

Three hours of tree identification training are required for TEAM LEADERS. Training is offered on Saturday, June 23, at SE Uplift at 3534 SE Main St. Sign up for one session, either 8:30am–noon or 1–4:30pm. Register online at http://portlandonline.com/parks/treeinventory.
For more information, email Mary Ann Pastene, mpastene@comcast.net.

What is a street tree inventory and why is it important?
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 is analyzed by Urban Forestry staff, and findings are presented to neighborhood stakeholders. Achievable strategies are set by the collective body to improve existing trees, identify opportunities for an expanding tree canopy, and connect the neighborhood with city and nonprofit resources. The result is a Neighborhood Stewardship Plan. The plan identifies the current status and health of neighborhood street trees and provides recommendations for neighborhood action. This final product serves as a catalyst for neighborhood implementation.

Become a Tree Inventory Team Leader

Volunteer now to become a tree inventory team leader at our four work days!

Become a Tree Inventory Team Leader and help neighbors identify, measure, and map their street
trees. This is a great opportunity to improve your tree identification skills and learn more about
assessing tree health and site conditions. In 2012, Team Leaders will help volunteers inventory
15,000 street trees in three neighborhoods.

Team Leaders must attend a training session and commit to participate in three inventory work days.

Training is offered on Saturday, June 23, at SE Uplift at 3534 SE Main St. Sign up for one session, either 8:30 AM-noon or 1:00-4:30 PM. Register online at
http://portlandonline.com/parks/treeinventory.

Inventory work days will be held on Saturdays from 8:30 am to noon from June through September.
Register as either a Team Leader or as a general volunteer – we need help from everyone!

The NWDA work days are

7/28/2012          http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees1

8/25/2012          http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees2

9/8/2012            http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees3

9/22/2012          http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees4

Flyer:  Team_Leader_Training.pdf

 

What is a street tree inventory and why is it important?

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What is a street tree inventory and why is it important?

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 is analyzed by Urban Forestry staff, and findings are presented to neighborhood stakeholders. Achievable strategies are set by the collective body to improve existing trees, identify opportunities for an expanding tree canopy, and connect the neighborhood with city and nonprofit resources. The result is a Neighborhood Stewardship Plan. The plan identifies the current status and health of neighborhood street trees and provides recommendations for neighborhood action. This final product serves as a catalyst for neighborhood implementation.

The Northwest District will be counting street trees on these dates (follow the link for volunteer sign-up).

7/28/2012          http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees1

8/25/2012          http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees2

9/8/2012            http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees3

9/22/2012          http://tinyurl.com/nwtrees4

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