Making Space for Trees

Making Space for Trees

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The theme of the 2019 Annual Oregon Urban and Community Forestry conference being held in Portland on June 6 is “Making Space for Trees – designing tree-friendly infrastructure for Oregon communities.”

Anyone who works with a city’s trees, serves on a tree board, or simply notices trees in urban settings may have asked why many trees are planted in spaces too small for their roots. Or why building codes that permit taller and taller structures right up to the sidewalk don’t seem to consider healthy street tree growth.

Conference presenters will discuss these questions and how communities can better accommodate trees in Oregon’s rapidly urbanizing landscapes. They’ll address multiple concerns, such as avoiding sidewalk and curb damage by tree roots; planning streetscapes for climate change; things to know about trees and powerlines; and best management practices for trees in development codes.

There will also be lightning-round presentations by panels of speakers. Continuing education units will be requested from the PNW-International Society of Arboriculture, American Planning Association, Oregon Landscape Contractors Board, American Society of Landscape Architects; and the Society of American Foresters.

The keynote speaker will be Howard Stenn. Stenn is a well-regarded landscape architect in private practice in Seattle. He will be discussing how he thinks about and constructs beautiful urban landscapes that accommodates trees in his talk, "The 6 Critical Requirements for Healthy Urban Trees."

Following the conference, there will be a post-conference Happy Hour, outside of Miller Hall.

All Ages
World Forestry Center
4033 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon, 97221 See Map
$20 – $150
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