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  • Urban & Community Forestry

  • Urban & Community Forestry

  • Urban & Community Forestry

  • Urban & Community Forestry

  • Urban Forestry Community Highlight - Western Oregon
     Tigard's Urban Forestry Code Wins Statewide Award
    Tigard’s Urban Forestry Code Revisions Project was awarded a Professional Achievement in Planning Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Professional Achievement Award recognizes projects or programs that make a significant contribution to the field of urban planning. The project’s major outcomes included a Goal 5 Tree Grove Preservation component and a new and innovative approach to urban forestry requirements for development. Congratulations Tigard on your recognition for committing to preserve and enhance the urban forest.​ Read the press release

  • Urban Forestry Community Highlight - Eastern Oregon
    41.jpgVisit the Oregon Trail Arboretum
    The Oregon Trail Arboretum located in Echo, OR, Oregon’s smallest Tree City USA, was established in 1993 and is home to over 100 ornamental trees and shrubs. The arboretum features interpretive panels that detail each tree as well as tell the history of Echo’s trees and urban forestry program. Visit the arboretum​
Tools for Citizens and Homeowners Information and Resources for Cities

Did you know you live in a forest?
​Ask most people this questions and they will often answer no... at first. However, there is another type of forest we often overlook.
The term urban forest refers to all publicly and privately owned trees within an urban area. this can include individual trees in our yards and along streets as well as native, remnant forest stands.

Trees and their Benefits
​We may not stop to appreciate trees very often, but maybe we should. Trees in our communities provide us with many more benefits than simple aesthetics. In fact, urban forests are critical to the health and quality of life within our cities

​Tree Care 101
​Proper tree care can often be a mystery. Plant a tree and nature will take care of the rest, right? Not necessarily. The trees in our yards, neighborhoods, and cities are a valuable asset, and they require our help to keep them healthy. Follow these guidelines for proper techniques on planting, pruning, and caring for your trees to keep them healthy and working for you.


Join a Tree Board!​Tree Boards perform a number of services for a city or community including raising awareness about the value of trees and serving as a technical advisor on tree related issues.
Each of Oregon's Tree Cities USA have a Tree Board of some sort. If your city is not already a Tree City USA or you would like to become more involved with trees in your city, consider starting or joining a Tree Board in your community.

Featured TreesDeciding what kind of tree to plant on your property can be a challenge.  These short, "featured tree" handouts will help you choose the right tree species to match the characteristics of your planting location.
Featured Trees...

Frequently Asked Tree QuestionsGet answers to frequently asked questions about tree planting and care and other features of Oregon's Urban and Community Forestry Program.
Frequently Asked Tree Questions...​
Events & Training
There are many current urban forestry related events and training opportunities throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the U.S.
Training Opportunties...​

A cooperative project to collaborate on technology expanding the sphere of educational offerings.
The Costs of Not Maintaining Your City's Trees
2015 Brown Bag Seminars
(Click on title for dates and locations.)

​Tree City USATree City USA ia a designation that cities can earn by meeting minimum requirements for community forestry programs at the municipal level. Tree City USA recognizes cities that have developed programs that plant and care for trees. 
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PublicationsThe ODF Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program has a wide assortment of online publications, printed materials and videos available to the public. Materials include items produced by ODF, Oregon State University Extension, the U.S. Forest Service, and other state forestry agencies. Some of our more popular links include:Community Tree Connections (CTC)Featured TreesTree Talk Podcasts
Other Publications

​​Arbor Day
Arbor Day is America's National Tree Holiday, the day we set aside to plant ceremonial trees, educate children on the importance of trees, and honor the important role that trees play in our daily lives. In Oregon, the first full week of April is designated as Arbor Week.
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​Tree Board University
Does you city have new tree board members? Then have them attend Tree Board University! This Free online learning experience which is open to anyone will help orient your citizens to what it means to serve on a tree advisory commitee and help them hit the ground running as a new member.  
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Tree Campus U.S.A.
Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, the Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that:
  • ·     Effectively manage their campus trees
·     Develop a connection with their community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests
·     Strive to engage their student population with campus and community forestry efforts
For more information about becoming a Tree Campus:









Additional resources of interestThere are many websites of interest to people in the urban forestry movement. The following links are some of the most often used by urban foresters, citizen activists, natural resource professionals, and others.
Linking Landscapes

Using public perceptions of urban forestry services to create management strategies.