Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Community Trees For Healthy Streams

Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Conference is June 2, 2011

Mark your calendars for Thursday June 2, 2011, to attend the Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Conference, being held at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

This year’s theme “Community Trees For Healthy Streams” focuses on the role and value of trees in managing stormwater runoff from urbanized areas, where roads impact natural resource quality as well as our own safety and well-being.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Susan Day, urban forestry professor from Virginia Tech. Dr. Day is a well known speaker on improving tree health and canopy cover in land development and urban design issues and how root/soil interactions affect the contribution of trees to urban ecosystems.

Other speakers from around the region will share practical examples of how their cities have managed stormwater using community trees. Look for complete details via email later this winter, or visit www.oregoncommunitytrees.org.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Public invited to assist in new Oregon state forester recruitment

Nov. 10, 2010
Contact: Twyla Lawson, Dept. of Administrative Services
503-373-7677, Twyla.LAWSON@state.or.usmailto:Twyla.LAWSON@state.or.us>

Recruitment for a new Oregon state forester is underway, and Oregonians are invited to share their thoughts on the attributes they think the next state forester should have. The Board of Forestry has posted a brief survey online. It takes only a few minutes to complete and will help the board as it recruits candidates for this important position.

The survey can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/DOFhttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DOF>. It must be completed by Sunday, Dec. 12.

All responses to the survey will be compiled and used to develop an ideal candidate profile, which the board will reference throughout the selection process.

The board launched a plan last Friday to recruit candidates for the position, with a goal of having a new state forester in the post early next year.

The recruitment process includes the online survey to collect public input, as well as stakeholder and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) employee forums with the finalists, and an opportunity for incoming Gov. Kitzhaber or his representative to meet with the finalists.

Nancy Hirsch, chief of ODF's State Forests Division, has been designated to serve as acting state forester until the position is filled.

Oregon's state forester carries out the Board's overarching policies through leadership of the Oregon Department of Forestry. The state forester serves as director of the department, which provides services including preventing and fighting wildfires, managing state-owned forests, enforcing natural resource protection laws on private forestlands, advising landowners, and providing urban forestry assistance.

The agency has 647 employees and a two-year budget of $303 million.

The state forester also assists and represents the board and department in identifying and resolving policy issues and in working with interest groups, the state legislature, and others.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Put Some Roots Down with Tualatin Riverkeepers

Habitat Restoration Event - Saturday Nov 13, 9am-Noon

This Community Restoration Event hosted by Tualatin Riverkeepers at Munger Lane Natural Area on the Tualatin River near Scholls. Munger Natural Area is home to wildlife such as beaver, river otter, mink and red tail hawk. Restoring this natural area will increase opportunities for wildlife to find food and shelter. Planting native plants and removing invasive weeds will reduce erosion and ultimately improve water quality in the Tualatin River.

Water Bottle, Dress for the Weather, Sturdy Shoes or Boots!

Tools, Gloves, Instruction and Gratitude!

Directions to Munger Farm from I-5: Take exit 289 and head west on Nyberg Rd. (turns into Tualatin-Sherwood Rd.). Go through the 99W intersection in Sherwood. After the intersection Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. becomes Roy Rogers Rd. Go 1.5 miles on Roy Rogers Rd. and take a left onto SW Scholls-Sherwood Rd. Follow SW Scholls-Sherwood Rd. through many turns. At a 90 degree turn in SW Scholls-Sherwood Road, turn right onto SW Munger Lane. Drive down Munger Lane and follow the road to the right at the bend and you’ll find the site on your left.

Directions to Munger Farm from Hillsboro & Forest Grove: Take Hwy. 8 to Hwy. 219. Follow Hwy 219 to Highway 210. Left on Hwy. 210. Follow Hwy. 210 to SW Scholls-Sherwood Road and go right. At a 90 degree turn in SW Scholls-Sherwood Road, go straight onto SW Munger Lane. Drive down Munger Lane and follow the road to the right at the bend and you’ll find the site on your left.

Restoration Project Background
Munger Natural Area is public land held by Metro Parks and Greenspaces. Munger Natural Area is one of the many amazing natural areas acquired by Metro with monies from a public bond measure passed in 1995.

Tualatin Riverkeepers have been very successful leveraging funds for restoration on Metro properties and encouraging community involvement.

Tualatin Riverkeepers is a community-based organization working to protect and restore the Tualatin River watershed though public education, restoration, citizen advocacy and access to nature.

RSVP to vicki@tualatinriverkeepers.org

Questions? Call Vicki at 503-620-7507.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stormwater, Parking Lots & Trees - November 4

Brian Wegener of Tualatin Riverkeepers will give a presentation on the impacts of stormwater runoff on urban streams and how planting trees in parking lots can help mitigate for those impacts at the POrtland Community College Sylvania Campus at 11:00 am on November 4, 2010. The presentation will take place in the Spruce Room of the Amo D. Bernadis College Center building.

PCC Sylvania is embarking on a significant redevelopment of their campus for sustainability. A large pat of this project will be focused on reducing stormwater runoff. Approximately 30% of the campus is covered by parking lots. Wegener will present a summary of research and demonstration projects on using structural soils and trees to reduce stormwater runoff. He will also present information on how to ensure that trees will thrive in the hostile environment of a parking lot.

Tualatin Riverkeepers is working with PCC Sylvania to develop service learning opportunities around urban stormwater management and habitat restoration.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fall Tree Planting

Fall Tree Planting

Fall is easily my favorite time of year. I love the smells, the muted (and sometimes dazzling) colors, and the sideways arc of a warm autumn sun. I love the crisp mornings. This is harvest time- when we take stock of all our hard summer’s work. It’s a time of reflection… and I don’t know if it’s because I’ve spent more of my life in school than out, but I see fall as a time of new beginnings. It’s a time to promise oneself that this fall you’ll get a head start on that research paper rather than wait until the last minute (good luck!).
What better way is there to celebrate this time of starting afresh than planting a tree? I know this is typically a springtime tradition; we even celebrate Arbor Day at the end of April! But, the bigleaf maple outside my window knows differently. For the last couple of weeks it’s been dropping its samaras, and in another couple of weeks it’ll be covering those seeds with a blanket of leaves.
Through this natural process, those seeds will have all winter to undergo stratification, and the early spring to germinate and establish a root system that more or less matches the development (and demands) of their aboveground parts.
We can more effectively establish young trees if we capitalize on this natural cycle. But what else can we do to help establish the trees we choose to plant?
• Choose healthy trees at the nursery. Look out for root-bound pots and girdling (circling) roots. As a general rule, I typically choose trees with a smaller tree to pot ratio (more roots & fewer leaves). Not only are these trees less apt to have girdling root issues, they’re also a bit more drought tolerant. Even better, try to find bare root, or balled-and-burlapped trees!
• Invest some time in prepping the roots before putting the tree in the ground. Straighten out any girdling roots, and see if you can ‘tease out’ the roots and get them started on an outward radial path.
• PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO PLANTING DEPTH! Make sure you can see the top of the root buttress above the soil when the tree is planted. Trees that are planted too deep develop all sorts of nasty problems- most of which are eventually fatal.
• Give them a drink. Even in winter things can get a little dry. New trees with developing root systems need a bit more water than their established mature counterparts.
For a bit more information, see the attached PDF on planting procedures. Now get out there and plant a tree!

PDF over here!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Graham Oaks Nature Park Opens in Wilsonville

Graham Oaks Nature Park opened September 18 in Wilsonville, marking milestone for Metro’s voter-approved Natural Areas Program.

The 250-acre park features restored oak woodlands, three miles of trails and a rich cultural history.

Three miles of trails lead visitors through restored oak woodlands, wetlands and a conifer forest rich with wildlife – and a legacy of Native American tribes and farmers who once used this land.
Two voter-approved natural areas bond measures allowed Metro to purchase and restore the 250-acre site, and develop it as one of the region’s most sustainable parks. Graham Oaks is the third major park opened by the Metro Natural Areas Program – and one of the region’s largest new parks in several decades.

“At Graham Oaks, returning to the past is creating a better future for Wilsonville and the surrounding community,” said District 3 Metro Councilor Carl Hosticka, who represents the area. “Visitors will experience the oak trees, wildlife and sense of serenity that defined this landscape centuries ago.”

Before the land was logged and farmed, birds flocked, mammals prowled and camas lily bloomed. Kalapuyan tribes likely used this site to dry blackberries, salal berries and huckleberries, gather fresh strawberries and raspberries, and hunt deer and elk. Plentiful oak trees provided acorns, an important food staple that was soaked, ground and cooked.

During the 1880s, the land was purchased by Marion Young and his wife, Lily Ann – daughter of John Graham, who established Graham’s Ferry and ran a mail delivery steamboat across the Willamette River. The family grew hops, filberts, corn, potatoes and grass crops.

The land was sold to the state during the 1950s. Over the years, development options included a National Guard maintenance facility and two women’s prisons. A landfill proposal triggered the activism of descendent Dorothy Young Lehan, who passed along her ideals to daughter Charlotte Lehan. As mayor of Wilsonville from 1996 to 2008, Lehan advocated a different future for her ancestors’ land.

Metro purchased most of Graham Oaks using funds from a 1995 bond measure designed to protect natural areas. A 2004 increase in Metro’s solid waste disposal tax raised money to develop three nature parks, including Graham Oaks. The park received additional support from Wilsonville’s “local share” portion of Metro’s 2006 natural areas bond measure, and a $500,000 grant from Oregon State Parks and Recreation.

“The dedication of Graham Oaks Nature Park is the culmination of decades of work on the part of many people,” said Lehan, who is now a Clackamas County commissioner. “For me personally, it is also an important part of my family history. I know that many descendants of John Wallace Graham are excited about being here for the dedication.”

The park has changed dramatically since Metro acquired it. Wheat and clover were replanted with more than a hundred million seeds of wildflowers and grasses. Metro also worked with volunteers and contractors to plant 150,000 trees and shrubs historically found in the Willamette Valley, including thousands of oaks. Over time, the young trees will recreate historic oak and pine woodland and savanna, and replenish wetlands and conifer forests. The transformation will benefit species such as the Western bluebird, which rely on oaks and prairies.

Graham Oaks was designed and constructed with the environment in mind. Pervious pavement in the parking lot manages stormwater and removes pollutants; solar panels on the restroom feed into the City of Wilsonville’s electric grid; the picnic shelter features an eco-roof. And the Pacific Northwest economy received a boost from locally sourced materials, such as Columbia River Gorge basalt stonework at the plazas and a pre-fab restroom from Roseburg.

The park also showcases several trails, including an early section of the regional Tonquin Trail. It eventually will link Wilsonville with Sherwood and Tualatin – connecting natural areas, neighborhoods, schools, jobs, shopping centers and transit stops along the way. Metro is seeking public input on possible routes for future sections of the Tonquin, with questionnaires available online at www.oregonmetro.gov/tonquintrail.

Graham Oaks’ trails have at least one ready-made audience: children at Boones Ferry Primary School, Inza R. Wood Middle School and the CREST environmental education center, operated by the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Students at this cluster of schools, next to the park, have studied the history and wildlife of Graham Oaks.

“The Graham Oaks Nature Park provides a multi-generational benefit to area residents and visitors now and in the future,” said Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp. “From wetlands to meadows and upland forests, Graham Oaks will offer nearby school students and those who study or enjoy nature an easily accessible park that highlights authentic elements of our Willamette Valley heritage.”

“Grand opening festivities are very exciting, but their purpose goes beyond a single day of celebration,” said Acting Metro Council President Carlotta Collette. “I know the community will be inspired to return to Graham Oaks over the years to enjoy the park, help care for the landscape and watch the trees grow.”

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Trends in Nursery Crop Development

Dr. Ryan Contreras, Assistant Professor, Horticulture Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Ryan discusses Oregon State’s nursery crop breeding program focusing on development of sterile forms of invasive or potentially invasive species as well as induced sterility of species that produce large amounts of litter from fruit or seed, and the contribution of plant breeding to diversity in landscapes.

Urban Forestry: Trends in Nursery Crop Development from Brian Wegener on Vimeo.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Forestry awards recognize Oregonians committed to community tree care

Ambitious tree planting efforts and innovative approaches to community development are among the success stories that will be recognized at this year’s Urban and Community Forestry conference.

Now in their 17th year, the awards, jointly hosted by Oregon Community Trees (OCT) and the Oregon Department of Forestry, recognize the accomplishments of individuals, groups, and businesses who go the extra mile to enhance and maintain healthy community forests.

This year’s recipients are slated to be recognized at the annual Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Conference Thursday June 3rd, at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton. State Senator Richard Devlin will present two of the awards.

Award categories and recipients

Citizen Volunteer and Civic Organization: Roberta Schwarz and the White Oak Committee
Roberta Schwarz of West Linn is being recognized in the volunteer category for her work with the White Oak Committee over four years, raising over a million dollars to purchase and preserve part of a rare Oregon white oak savanna property ripe for development. The committee itself is also being honored as an award recipient in the ‘Civic Organization’ category. Senator Richard Devlin and Representative Scott Brunn both sent letters of nomination and support for this project.

Professional: Nancy Buley
Nancy Buley, Marketing and Communications Director for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., one of Oregon’s, and the nation’s premier nurseries, will be honored with a Professional category award for her years of tireless advocacy for trees. She recently completed a visit to all of Oregon’s congressional and senate offices in Washington, D.C., lobbying for tree planting legislation with the Alliance for Community Trees and Portland’s Friends of Trees.

Development: Pringle Creek Community, Salem
The Pringle Creek Community of Salem is recipient of an urban forestry award in the Development category. The community successfully preserved more than eighty percent of the site’s existing trees during development. The community is being recognized for its innovative approaches to trees, landscaping, and homebuilding. James Santana, Director of Development, will accept the award.

Government: Clean Water Services – Randy Lawrence
Randy Lawrence and Clean Water Services earned an urban forestry award in the government category for their strong track record in tree planting in the Tualatin River Watershed. Lawrence’s “Tree for All” program set an unusual goal to plant 2 million trees in 20 years in the Tualatin River watershed, and they are currently ahead of schedule.

President’s Award: Ed Jensen
Ed Jensen, who serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, is receiving the President’s Award for his long record of accomplishment in the fields of education, outreach, and advocacy. Jensen advises and educates students, and is a co-author of the popular color-illustrated handbook “Trees to Know in Oregon.” Jensen also develops, conducts, and evaluates natural resource education programs for various audiences at the college. Oregon State University dean Hal Salwasser calls Jensen “an exceptional teacher and mentor who makes trees the focus of his talents.”

Professional category: Jennifer Wilson and the Wetlands Conservancy
Jennifer Wilson of Tualatin is the recipient of a 2010 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry award in the professional category. The Wetlands Conservancy planted more than 10,000 bare root native wetland species, shrubs, and plants – as well as 5,000 willow and dogwood cuttings this past spring. “Jennifer has a passion for opening the eyes of children to the natural world around them,” adds Rick Zenn, president of Oregon Community Trees.

Business category: Ascending the Giants
Ascending the Giants is an ongoing series of expeditions led by two arborists, Brian French and Will Koomjian, to measure the largest tree of each species. The team is able to capture some of the first and only footage inside the canopies of these remarkable trees. For its cutting edge photographic and video work at sharing the stories of the ecological importance of champion trees, Ascending the Giants will receive OCT’s Business category award.

Oregon Tree City of the Year: McMinnville
OCT’s efforts to advocate for planting and caring for trees in the state extends to wanting to give special recognition to those cities who take extra steps to assure trees are planted, protected and maintained in their communities.

McMinnville, host of OCT’s March quarterly board meeting, is the 2010 winner of the Oregon Tree City of the Year award. Mayor Rick Olson and Planning Director Doug Montgomery both work hard to assure that this historic community keeps its charm and attractive livability by caring for its tree resources.

Better communities through tree care

“Oregon Citizens are indeed fortunate to have such an effective group of citizens leading the way to improved lives and better communities through tree planting and care,” says OCT President Rick Zenn.

"These recipients are to be commended for their efforts to improve the livability of our cities," said Paul Ries, manager of ODF's urban forestry program. "Their actions are notable for showing creativity, initiative, and leadership in community tree care programs that all cities can aspire to and achieve.”

Anyone can make nominations for the awards, which are given annually for leadership in community and urban forestry.

For information on how to make a nomination for next year’s awards, contact Oregon Community Trees at www.oregoncommunitytrees.org or the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forests Program.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Astoria Community Unites for Earth Day Tree Plantings

ASTORIA, Ore. – Two hundred new trees for 200 years. That was the inspiration in a community-wide tree planting effort in Astoria on Earth Day April 22. The new trees are a gift that will keep on growing, given to the people of Astoria by Pacific Power in recognition of its 100 years of service and to commemorate the city’s bicentennial in 2011. More than 100 people – everyone from school children to local leaders – helped plant the trees, primarily at city gateways and historical sites.
"This was a special day in Astoria," said Willis Van Dusen, Astoria mayor. "I was proud to be a part of it and to watch our community come together in this effort. These trees will continue to add to the unique character that is Astoria, and will add to our growing legacy of promoting economic development in the city through both historic preservation and sustainability. And, as mayor it gives me a great opportunity to thank Pacific Power for being such a strong partner to our city throughout Astoria’s bad times, as well as the good times like today."
The trees planted April 22 are among 200 donated to the city by Pacific Power as it celebrates its centennial. Astoria was one of the first Northwest cities to get electric lights, in 1885, and one of the four original Pacific Power communities when the company was incorporated June 16, 1910.
In recognition of that century of service, Pacific Power is providing its original communities with a lasting gift, a legacy gift. Working with city leaders and the Astoria Bicentennial Steering Committee, the community tree planting effort was identified as an appropriate gift for Astoria.
"We are so grateful for such a generous and lasting gift – 200 ornamental trees gracing our streets, parks, schools, neighborhoods and cemetery for many years to come," said Arline LaMear, chair, Bicentennial Tree Committee. "We are confident that this gift will also help us attain our goal of being named a Tree City USA in time for our 2011 Bicentennial year celebrations."
"What a marvelous way to kick-off the first official event for Astoria’s Bicentennial Celebration," said Paulette McCoy, director of Astoria’s Bicentennial Celebration. "This gift will be a lasting reminder of Pacific Power’s deep roots in Astoria’s history, and a legacy to appreciate for years to come."
The commemorative trees are all utility-friendly, which means their growth will not eventually lead to problems with any overhead power lines in the area. Varieties include flowering crabapple, cherry, gingko, maple and other ornamentals.
The April 22 event kicked off at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, where volunteers gathered to hear from officials, including Mayor Van Dusen, and to get their tree planting assignments. After plantings were completed in designated sites throughout the city, teams wrapped up the morning with a celebratory lunch.
Approximately 150 of the commemorative trees are designated for public spaces. The remaining 50 were made available for city residents to plant in their yards. This fall, additional trees will be planted at the Maritime Memorial Park once the Shively Fountain is restored and settled in its new location there. Pacific Power is also a sponsor of the restoration of this historic fountain.
"Our thanks go to the mayor, bicentennial committee and community partners involved in this community-wide planting effort," said Pat Reiten, Pacific Power president. Reiten and his management team and local employees were among those planting trees. "It has been a privilege to work alongside the community in planting these trees, just as it has been an honor to serve our customers for 100 years. We will share your pride in watching these trees grow and add to the character of this community for many decades to come."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Register by May 15 for Oregon UCF Conference to get Discount

2010 Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Conference is June 2-3. Register by May 15 to receive discount. Details at http://www.oregoncommunitytrees.org/2010OregonUCFConf.pdf

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Celebrate Oregon Arbor Week April 5-9, 2010!

Cities, schools, non-profits and citizens will be planting and celebrating trees next week as part of Oregon's Arbor Week. "Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon cities because they provide so many economic, environmental and social benefits," says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing wood products, fish and wildlife habitat, shade, economic benefits, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries.

Cities in Oregon celebrate Arbor week in all kinds of different ways...most plant trees, but some cities are creative and celebrate trees from all angles! On April 8, the City of Portland will be celebrating by giving citizens a bird's eye view of the urban forest from the City's bucket truck. The City of Tualatin will celebrate with movies and story time at the library. The National Arbor Day foundation has lots of other great ideas for ways to celebrate Arbor Week.

How is your city celebrating Arbor Week in 2010? Contact your local urban forester to find out!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

2010 Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Conference

Seed to City: The Journey of An Urban Tree
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - J. Frank Schmidt & Son Nursery, Boring, Oregon
& Thursday, June 3, 2010 - Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton, Oregon

Register today and join us June 2-3 for a real eye-opening journey - both in the field and classroom. We feature more than a dozen expert speakers including Dr. Ed Gilman, special access tours, demonstrations and of lots of opportunities for one-on-one discussion and networking. Seed-to-City is a high value, two day event sure to appeal to the continuing education and training needs of a wide range of urban and community forestry professionals, parks and planning staffs, arborists, landscapers, developers, non-profits, and citizen activists. Please save the dates and pass along this information to colleagues and friends. Register for one day or two and sign up before May 15th to receive a nice discount.

Click for details.

Registration Online.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Life in the World’s Tallest Trees: 

An Evening with Stephen Sillett and Robert Van Pelt

Did you see Stephen Sillett's and Robert Van Pelt's work featured in the cover story of last October's National Geographic magazine? Or perhaps you've seen their work on National Geographic "Explorer" TV show?

These renowned forest canopy scientists are coming to Eugene to talk about their latest research in the world’s tallest forests. Come learn about tall-tree biology, effects of changing climate, canopy ecology, and more! This breathtaking presentation about life hundreds of feet in the air will make you appreciate big trees in a whole new way.

Click here to go to the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum website for the details.

Buy Tickets at Eventbrite.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Tree protection on construction and development sites : a best management practices guidebook for the Pacific Northwest

A new resource called “Tree Protection on Construction and Development Sites” has just been published by the Oregon Extension Service.

This publication is a guide for protecting, conserving, selecting, maintaining, removing, and replacing trees on development sites in the Pacific Northwest. The guidebook is designed to assist people who work with trees during the development and construction phases of both new and existing projects to keep healthy trees a part of the urban environment through the use of accepted tree care standards and practices. This publication provides best management practices (BMPs) developed and recommended by professional arborists, urban and community foresters, and landscape architects. BMPs are widely accepted practices and standards used by industry professionals and based on the best available research. The guidebook provides basic and practical information about methods to give trees planted or retained on development sites the best chance to survive and thrive during and after the construction process.

Click here to download a 5Mb pdf file of the guide.