Urban Forestry

City of Gresham Urban Forestry Management Plan, Council Adoption: Jul 19, 2011 3PM

07/19/2011 - 3:00pm
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City of Gresham Urban Forestry Management Plan, Council Adoption: Jul 19, 2011 3PM. Info here!

Share your views with the City Council

When: Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 3:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Conference Room
1333 NW Eastman Pwy
Gresham, OR 97030
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You're Invited
The Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP) project is on the 2011 Council Work Plan. If adopted, the UFMP will provide a comprehensive, sustainable and integrated approach to management of trees in Gresham and will provide guidance for future decisions related to trees in Gresham’s urban forest.

Gresham’s Arbor Day Celebration 2011; Gradin Arboretum: Apr 9, 2011 9AM-12PM

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Gresham’s Arbor Day Celebration 2011; Gradin Arboretum: Apr 9, 2011 9AM-12PM. Info here!
Gradin Sports Park Arboretum, Gresham OR

Join the Arbor Day Celebration!

Gradin Sports Park Arboretum
Saturday, April 9th 9AM-12PM

When: Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 9AM-12PM
Where: Gradin Sports Park
2303 SE Palmquist Road
(Between Hogan Road and Hwy 26)
Gresham, OR
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Celebrate Arbor Day

Join us for a ceremony to celebrate Gresham’s annual Arbor Day Tree City USA award and a dedication of the first phase of planting at the Arboretum at Gradin Sports Park. This arboretum has been planned for four seasons so that in any season there will be foliage, flowers and forms that stand out. This first phase planting included 150 trees and over 350 shrubs along the north and south sides of the Gradin Sports Park. The first phase planting includes a Street Tree Demonstration feature and Native Conifer and Deciduous Buffer feature.

Events will include:

  • Dedication Ceremony
  • Tree City USA Ceremony
  • Guided Tours of the trees along the Palmquist Road sidewalk, Gradin Sports Park pathway, Native Trees and historic Significant Trees on-site
  • Informational handouts on the newly planted Street Trees and Buffer Trees and Shrubs
  • Street tree pruning demonstrations

Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee Meeting: Apr 12, 2011 6:30PM

04/12/2011 - 6:30pm
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Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee Meeting: Apr 12, 2011 6:30PM. Info here!

When: Tue, Apr 12, 2011 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Room
1333 Eastman Pkwy
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Share Your Ideas

The Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee (NRSC) advises the Gresham City Council on policy development matters and actions related to the protection, restoration and enhancement of natural resources, including watershed health, water quality, urban tree canopy and the development of city parks amenities. The NRSC meets the second Tuesday of each month. The public is encouraged to attend.

City Needs Your Feedback, Gresham Urban Forestry Management Plan Open House: April 19, 2011 5PM

04/19/2011 - 5:00pm
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City Needs Your Feedback, Gresham Urban Forestry Management Plan Open House: April 19, 2011 5PM. Info here!

When: wed, Apr 19, 2011 5PM-7PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Room 2A
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham OR
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City Needs Your Feedback

We need your feedback on the Draft Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP) and the strategies proposed to enhance Gresham's urban forest over the next 20+ years. Join us on Tuesday, April 19 at 5 p.m. to review the Draft Urban Forestry Management Plan.

There will be a short presentation at the beginning of each hour that highlights the draft Plan and key action items identified in the Plan. We will provide copies of the full draft Plan for your review.

MultCo Commissioner McKeel to Speak at the Wilkes East Neighborhood Meeting: Mar 28, 2011 7PM

03/28/2011 - 7:00pm
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MultCo Commissioner McKeel to Speak at the Wilkes East Neighborhood Meeting: Mar 28, 2011 7PM. Info here!
Commissioner Diane McKeel, District 4
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Join Commissioner McKeel as she talks about recent changes in East Multnomah County

Monday evening 7PM
St Aidan's Episcopal Church

When: Monday, Mar 28, 2011 7PM
Where: St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan St
Gresham, OR
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Multnomah County Diane McKeel will be the featured speaker at the Wilkes East Neighborhood public meeting on March 28th at 7PM, St Aidan's Episcopal Church, 174th & NE Glisan, Gresham.

Commissioner McKeel will discuss the recent changes in East Multnomah County including improvements in Rockwood, construction of the East County courthouse and the new Rockwood Building.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear and speak first-hand with your County Commissioner.

City of Gresham Urban Forestry Management Plan Community Forum: Feb 22, 2011 6:00PM

02/22/2011 - 6:00pm
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City of Gresham Urban Forestry Management Plan Community Forum: Feb 22, 2011 6:00PM. Info here!

Share your thoughts on
existing tree Code and future steps to address tree Code complaints

When: Tuesday Feb 22, 2011 6:00pm - 8:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Conference Room
1333 NW Eastman Pwy
Gresham, OR 97030
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You're Invited

Join us on Feb. 22 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM in the Oregon Trail Conference Room at City Hall to discuss existing tree regulations and Code complaint issues and how those issues should be addressed in the Urban Forestry Management Plan. Your feedback will help clarify the types of issues property owners experience with the current tree Code and what future steps should be taken to address tree Code complaints.

Metro Nature in Neighborhoods' Fall 2010 grant workshop: Nov 13, 2010 9AM

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Metro Nature in Neighborhoods' Fall 2010 grant workshop: Nov 13, 2010 9AM. Info here!
Metro's Nature in Neighborhood
(Click for website)

Restore. Create. Connect. Invest.

One more Nature in Neighborhoods' Fall 2010 grant workshop

When: Saturday Nov 13, 2010 9AM
Where: Metro Regional Center
600 NE Grand Ave
Portland, OR
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Restoration and enhancement grant writing workshop

How do you turn a good idea into a great project? Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods grants can help. If you have an innovative idea to integrate the natural world into your community, join an upcoming workshop. Learn about the grant program goals and criteria and how to apply. Participants will also learn how to plan a project and what resources are available to get your project started. RSVP requested. (RSVP below break)

New this year

Nature in Neighborhoods program sponsors restoration and enhancement grants which support hands-on activities and environmental education programs that protect and contribute to watershed health in the region. New this year, a small number of grants will be awarded for planning and project development.

Urban Forestry Management Plan Community Forum: May 26, 2010 6:30PM

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City of Gresham Urban Forestry Management Plan Community Forum: May 26, 2010 6:30PM. Info here!

Share your thoughts on Urban Forestry Goals: tree resources, management, maintenance and community livability.

When: Wednesday May 26, 2010 6:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Second Floor – Room 2A
1333 NW Eastman Pwy
Gresham, OR 97030
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The Urban Forestry Plan identifies a series of Goals and Policies to provide a framework for community priorities and to guide plan implementation over the next 20 years. This forum will highlight recent Online Urban Forestry Survey results and include a group exercise to provide feedback on the Urban Forestry Plan Goals and Policies.

Please join us to share your thoughts on Urban Forestry Goals related to tree resources, management, maintenance and community livability. The Draft Goals and Policies are attached to this email and can be downloaded off the Urban Forestry Projects and Meeting Materials webpage at: www.greshamoregon.gov/urbanforestryplan.

PGE interns dig into Nadaka Park

Source: Gresham Outlook, January 3, 2022
By Angel Rosas

Project Zero interns also shared values of conservation with East County community

With growing fears of climate change and its effects on the Pacific Northwest, Portland General Electric is attempting to face those challenges through its Project Zero internship that allows young adults to experiment with and learn about environment-specific careers.

Ellie Taylor was one of those interns. Taylor was paired with the nonprofit Play Grow Learn as she taught East County children about the environment by removing invasive species and planting native ones at Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham.


PGEs Project Zero interns help in forest restoration at Nadaka Park in Gresham. Info here!

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC - PGEs Project Zero interns help in forest restoration at Nadaka Park in Gresham

"The entire purpose of this program is because climate change is here and we have to face that," said Taaj Armstrong, PGE Project Zero dean of cohort. "And the way we do that is working with underserved communities to make that change. We understand that people of color and low income people are the first affected by climate change and are often not represented in these organizations."

PGE started the program in 2020 and Taylor's cohort is only Project Zero's second group of interns. The six month program chooses interns to work with environmentally focused nonprofits.

The program works to recruit opportunity youth, which are young adults disconnected from work and school. Armstrong said there has also been a large push to prioritize offering this opportunity to BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and low income individuals.

"We look to have about 50 percent of our interns to reflect one of those demographics (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, low income)," said Kimberly Howard Wade, the Project Zero director. "This year we have 75%."

'A rewarding experience'
Taylor, who was originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, moved to Oregon in February. Her stay in Oregon was a struggle as she became homeless. Taylor connected with Project Zero and was accepted into the program.

Working with Play Grow Learn and the city of Gresham's Environmental Services, Taylor and another intern removed invasive species and planted native plants like Oregon grey and swamp rose at Nadaka Park, while also teaching East County children about environmental stewardship.

"One of my favorite parts of the program would be the connections we made between us and the community of Gresham and Rockwood," Taylor said. "A lot of the kids we were working with came from disadvantaged home lives and to offer some stability while also teaching them how they can better their community through stewardship was just great."

During the internship the group also had days where they focused on specific themes with their fellow interns like equity and also took trips to visit other environmentally focused organizations to learn about careers there. To give interns more one-on-one help, they are also paired with mentors who help the interns with some of the growing pains of returning back to a more structured environment while also providing comfort and guidance throughout the program. Mentors even stay with the interns three months after the program has ended to help with their job search.

Noelle Saint-Cyr only recently started working with PGE as a transportation project manager, but when she heard about the opportunity to be a mentor she jumped at the opportunity. She ended up working with Taylor as her mentor/champion.

"I helped her as she returned to the workforce, which isn't an easy thing," said Saint-Cyr. "I just have to say it was such a rewarding experience to see her grow."

Taylor had the same sentiment. "I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through this program without Noelle," Taylor said. "She was the one that I vented to, and also just offered so many tips."

Starting a career
Now that Taylor's internship has concluded she is making plans to get her career started. She is thinking of going to community college to get a certificate to work in waste water treatment after a trip the group took got her invested in the work that is being done at Clackamas Water Environment Services.

However, Taylor believes the most impactful thing that Project Zero did for her was bring people unfamiliar with the field and make connections to people in those careers. "This program offers you an opportunity to make connections," Taylor said. "You are often required to have previous experience. But this internship gives me the ability to meet many different people in these fields that I am interested in."


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