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Designing urban areas to be more tree friendly is the topic of this year's urban forestry conference in Portland on June 6.
Designing urban areas to be more tree friendly is the topic of this year's urban forestry conference in Portland on June 6.
Oregon urban forestry conference June 6 will focus on ways cities can make space for trees (Photo) - 04/10/19

PORTLAND, Ore. — How to design tree-friendly infrastructure in urban areas is the focus of the state’s annual urban forestry conference Thursday, June 6 in Portland. The conference is put on by the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Community Trees, and the USDA Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry. The “Making Space for Trees: Designing Tree-Friendly Infrastructure for Oregon” conference will be held at the World Forestry Center from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is now open through Eventbrite. Discounted early-bird registration is available through April 26. A further discount is also available through that same date for people living and working in a Tree City USA.

Keynote speaker is Howard Stenn, a horticulturalist and landscape designer from the Seattle area. His talk is titled “The Six Critical Requirements for Healthy Urban Trees.” Stenn is a consultant on sustainable landscaping, soil improvement and water conservation. He has trained thousands of landscape professionals, planners, educators and others in conservation strategies.

“We and the other presenters and sponsors are delighted to bring Stenn to Portland because minimizing conflicts between trees and the built environment of cities is such a critical and continuing issue for urban forestry nationally,” said Samantha Wolf, president of Oregon Community Trees. The non-profit organization assists community groups, local governments and schools throughout the state with expertise and grants that support leadership, education, awareness and advocacy for urban and community forestry.

Kristin Ramstad is with the Oregon Department of Forestry, which co-sponsors the event.  Ramstad, who is manager of ODF’s Urban and Community Assistance Forestry program, said, “Everyone interested in trees having enough room to grow and flourish in urban places should attend. Our other speakers will discuss tree selection and maintenance practices that can significantly improve tree health while maintaining infrastructure integrity.”

Registered attendees will also have an option to go on a guided urban tree walk the day before the conference to view street trees in different density neighborhoods in southwest Portland. There is also a pre-conference social event later that same evening.

The conference raises funds for urban forestry education and outreach in Tree City USA communities. For example, money from the conference supports grants to help communities engage the public in celebrating Arbor Day.

To date, event sponsors include:

  • Allegiant Partners, Inc.
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Clean Water Services
  • Davey
  • Double Mountain Brewing
  • Friends of Trees
  • J. Frank Schmidt & Son
  • Morgan Holen and Associates
  • Oregon State University
  • Oregon Trail Electric Co-op
  • RDO Equipment
  • Scribe-X
  • Teregan and Associates
  • Treecology, Inc.
  • World Forestry Center

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