Community Forestry Resources

 

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photo: Jesse Batty

Friends of Trees works throughout Oregon and southwest Washington planting trees and restoring natural areas. If you have specific questions about permits and requirements for planting and removing trees in your local municipality, please follow the links below.

If you are interested in engaging in tree advocacy to retain or remove an existing tree in your community, please see our Tree Advocacy Resources at the bottom of this page.

 

 

ALBANY, OR

 


BEAVERTON, OR

To report a tree removal of concern or to apply for a street tree planting, street tree removal, or street tree pruning permit, contact Pat Hoff, City of Beaverton Arborist, at 503-526-2206 or phoff@ci.beaverton.or.us.

To learn more, visit the links below:


CORVALLIS, OR


GRESHAM, OR

If you have questions about zoning, land use procedures, or city development code, call the Planner on Duty at 503-618-2780 or learn more through these links:


EUGENE & LANE COUNTY, OR


LAKE OSWEGO, OR

  • Lake Oswego: Contact the Planner on Duty at 503-635-0290 or visit the City's website for planting or removal guidelines.

MILWAUKIE, OR


PORTLAND, OR

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photo: Toshio Suzuki

The City's Urban Forestry administers and manages Portland's urban forest, including street trees. To report a tree removal of concern or to apply for a street tree planting, street tree removal, or street tree pruning permit, contact Portland Urban Forestry at 503-823-4489. A city tree inspector will be assigned to your case/request, and you will be able to check on the status.

All public trees (i.e., street trees) in Portland are protected by city code, so be sure to check with Portland Urban Forestry before planting, pruning, or removing a tree between the sidewalk and the street. Also, some private property trees are protected, depending on property zoning and the size of the tree.

To learn more, visit the links below:

You can read a summary of the Portland Citywide Tree Project on Friends of Trees' blog, Growth Rings.


SALEM, OR


SPRINGFIELD, OR


TIGARD, OR


TUALATIN, OR

  • Tualatin: Call Tom Steiger, Parks Maintenance Manager, at 503-691-3085, or check out the City of Tualatin web site.

WILSONVILLE, OR


VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON

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photo: Brian Black

To report a tree removal of concern or to apply for a street tree planting, street tree removal, or street tree pruning permit, contact Vancouver Urban Forestry at 360-487-8328 or email Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray at charles.ray@cityofvancouver.us.

To learn more, visit the links below:

Quote from Vancouver Urban Forestry's web site:

"Because it only takes a minute to improperly prune or remove a tree but a lifetime to grow one, it is imperative to protect and preserve mature trees from unnecessary removal or destruction."


 

Tree Advocacy Resources

 

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photo: Toshio Suzuki

Friends of Trees is first and foremost a community building organization that helps bring people together to plant new trees and steward those young trees to become a valued part of our urban canopy. The scope of our mission limits the degree to which we are able to allocate resources to advocate for individual trees.

Decisions about planting and removing trees can be very complex and involve many governmental and non-governmental agencies. If you are working to engage in tree advocacy for retaining or removing a tree, the process can be confusing. Here are some answers to the initial questions you may have and some helpful resources. In addition, the Alliance for Community Trees provides a comprehensive overview of tree advocacy.

When advocating for a tree, first determine whether the tree is on public or private land.

A tree is scheduled to be cut down on public land. What can I do?

  • Determine why the tree is scheduled to be removed. Each city in our area has an office or staff member responsible for urban forestry. The links below can help you find information about your city.
  • Once you know why the tree is scheduled for removal, learn what processes, such as public hearings or comment periods, may be available to you. The purpose for the tree removal will help you find language in the tree code that speaks to your situation. You can find links to many city tree codes above.
  • Friends of Trees adheres to a strong “Right Tree, Right Place” policy for our plantings. However, it is important to realize that over time some trees may not have been planted in the right place. In some cases a tree must be removed for public safety.

A tree is scheduled to be cut down on private land. What can I do?

  • Trees on private property are primarily the responsibility of the property owner. However, depending on the size and location of the tree, some regulations may impact its removal. See the resource links below for clarification in your city.
  • As with trees on public property, the reason a tree is slated for removal can guide your course of action.
  • If objections to the tree are primarily related to its appearance or maintenance, it may be helpful to describe the benefits of trees to the property owner. The City of Vancouver provides a helpful pdf printable list of tree benefits.
  • If objections to the tree are due to a perceived property damage or safety issue, you may want to hire a professional arborist to assess the situation.
  • Regardless of the reason the property owner is removing the tree, stay positive and respectful to engage in productive negotiating.