Urban & Community Forestry 2019

Urban & Community Forestry Workshop – Register Today!

For the 13th consecutive year, the City is pleased to offer a series of free Urban & Community Forestry Workshops for the public. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Register on-line at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/FriendsofTryonCreek/Backyard.html(link is external) or call 503-635-0290 or email planning@lakeoswego.city(link sends e-mail).

Creating Backyard Habitat in Urban Spaces- Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Tryon State Natural Area (Meet in the Classroom)

Join Friends of Tryon Creek Education Director Gabe Sheoships and Backyard Habitat Certification Program Site Technician Cindy Ellison to learn about creating natural habitat in your own yard space for native flora and fauna. Consider the benefits of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, which is conducted in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland and the Columbia Land Trust, to support urban stewards and their efforts to create and enhance native habitats. This workshop will include an indoor presentation, discussion, and native plant hike.

Visit www.lakeoswego.city/planning(link is external) to find out about upcoming workshops!

Lake Oswego Arbor Week and Community Forestry Events

Lake Oswego is celebrating its benchmark 30th year as a Tree City USA (TCUSA), a certification provided by the National Arbor Day Foundation to recognize cities for demonstrating a strong commitment to managing and caring for trees.

Over the last 30 years, Lake Oswego has met the four TCUSA standards by maintaining a tree board (the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board), a tree ordinance, a minimum $2 per capita expenditure for tree planting and maintenance, and an annual celebration and proclamation of Arbor Day. The City is celebrating this distinct honor with a variety of Arbor Week and community forestry events throughout the year. The Urban and Community Forestry Program promotes education, dialogue, and voluntary stewardship to protect the health and viability of the urban forest. Click on the links below for more information. Details are also included in the April Urban & Community Forestry Newsletter.



Sunday, April 7, 1-3 p.m., Parking: Gravel trail head is off Brookside Rd./Twin Fir Rd., Lake Oswego. Trail head is behind the Oswego Hunt Club.

Kick-off Arbor Week by helping Friends of Iron Mt. Park as they remove invasive species that crowd out the native plants. The native plants thank you for clearing the forest of invasive species that compete for the sun and soil. Allow extra time to wander the paths that wind through 50 acres of forest to the eagle’s eye viewing platform. Contact: Mike Buck, 503-914-8607 or m.bucks@comcast.net.


Tuesday, April 9, 10-10:45 a.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road

Parents, stroll the farm with your preschooler and enjoy sensory garden-based activities. Hear a story about trees, then take a look at our Heritage Trees. Parents must accompany children. Class is held rain or shine! Free drop-in program for ages 0-5.


Thursday, April 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library (lower level), 706 4th Street

Using a variety of techniques, we will pay homage to the humble tree. Make life-like cherry blossoms with twigs and tissue paper, shadow paintings of trees using tape and paints, or outline your arm to form a trunk that supports all manner of leaves. Drop-in event recommended for kids age 5 and up.


Friday, April 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Parking: Uplands Grade School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd., Lake Oswego. Park entrance is behind the playground.

We love our trees! Bring your preschoolers to learn how trees help us, birds, animals and even plants. Friends of Springbrook Park will lead us on a walk in the woods to discover trees that help others. Let’s find a special tree to thank with a great big hug!  Exploration buckets are provided. We’ll explore rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Contact: Laura Tanz, 503-702-7937 or blmjt2205@gmail.com.


Saturday, April 13, 9-11 a.m., Parking: Near the intersection of Atwater Rd. and Knaus Rd., Lake Oswego. Woodmont Park is down a graveled trail.

Join Friends of Woodmont Park to remove invasive species that threaten the native plants. This habitat restoration helps ensure that the native plants thrive. Native plants provide shelter and food for local birds, animals and pollinators as well as stabilize the soil. Mother Earth says Thank You! Contact: Heidi Schrimsher, 503-754-6640 or heidigarden@msn.com.


Saturday, April 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Road

Bring your friends and neighbors to visit an extraordinary tree seedling to be planted at Foothills Park and celebrate Arbor Week and National Poetry Month. The tree was grown from a seed that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and was brought to Lake Oswego by the One Sunny Day Initiatives Program through the Green Legacy Hiroshima Project. We will unveil a commemorative plaque, hear from guest speakers including representatives from the Veterans Memorial Project and Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, present the City’s 30 Year Tree City USA Award and enjoy refreshments. Learn more by visiting glh.unitar.org and www.osdinitiatives.com.


All About Douglas-firs!

In celebration of 30 years of Tree City USA status, Arbor Week and National Arbor Day, the City of Lake Oswego is hosting an art contest for K-8th grade Lake Oswego students. This year’s theme is all about Douglas-fir, Oregon’s state tree and an iconic symbol of Lake Oswego. Contestants are invited to create a work of art featuring Douglas-fir in any way imaginable—from needles and cones to individual trees and groves, as tiny seedlings or majestic giants, providing food and cover for animals, and so much more. Draw, color, paint or create a collage representing this splendid species.


  • One entry per person.
  • Any medium on paper.
  • Not to exceed 15” x 15” in size and must be able to tape on a wall for display.
  • Art should represent Douglas-fir.
  • Drop-off your entry on or before National Arbor Day, Friday, April 26th, at either: the Lake Oswego Public Golf Course, 17525 SW Stafford Road; or the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th Street.
  • Valid entries must include:
    • Name and grade on the front-side; and,
    • Telephone number, e-mail address, and the name of your Lake Oswego school on the back-side of your art.


Entries will be on display at the Lake Oswego Public Golf Course at 17525 SW Stafford Road through early May. Art will be judged on creativity and overall design based on the theme. First, second and third prize winners will be selected in each of three divisions: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. The judges’ decision is final.


Winners will be notified by phone on or before May 10th and prize packs will be awarded at the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market on May 18th.


Contestants are encouraged to learn more about Douglas-fir trees by searching the internet, visiting the local library, talking with gardeners and exploring nature. Consider touring the City’s Heritage Trees, which include six individual Douglas-firs and two groves of Douglas-firs. Have fun!


Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street

Join us to celebrate forestry at the Farmers’ Market on opening day! Activities include Urban & Community Forestry booths and activities for children and adults. Spin the prize wheel, do a craft, watch a tree pruning demonstration, receive a free tree seedling, answer tree trivia, win raffle prizes and learn about stewardship opportunities in your neighborhood. Arbor Day Art Contest winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded.

Volunteer Stewardship Opportunities

Upcoming Stewardship Work Parties

Over 600 acres of developed park property, natural parks and open spaces in the City contribute to important habitat for plants and animals, watershed and stormwater management and health, and are places for the community to connect with nature. To help keep our parks and open spaces healthy and beautiful, the City works with a number of fantastic volunteers and Friends Groups. Upcoming opportunities for you to help are listed below. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves and water. Contact Babs Hamachek, Stewardship Coordinator at bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

  • Iron Mountain Park, Sunday, April 7, 1-3 p.m., habitat restoration.
  • Woodmont Park, Saturday, April 13, 9-11 a.m., habitat restoration.
  • Freepons Park, Sunday, April 14, 1-3 p.m., habitat restoration.
  • Springbrook Park, Saturday, April 20, 9-11 a.m., build a nature play area. Snacks provided!
  • Southwood Park, Sunday, May 5, 1-3 p.m., habitat restoration.

Urban & Community Forestry Workshops 2019

For the 13th consecutive year, the City is pleased to offer a series of free Urban and Community Forestry Workshops for the public. Please call 503-635-0290 or email planning@lakeoswego.city for free registration. This year’s lineup includes:

Tree Pruning – Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Foothills Park Pavilion, 199 Foothills Road.

Understand why, what, and how to prune to develop healthy, strong, and attractive trees and shrubs. Explore pruning types, proper cutting tools and techniques, and tree responses to pruning. Bring pruning tools, if you have them, and wear appropriate clothing for working outside in this hands-on workshop led by ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Damon Schrosk of Treecology, Inc. Refreshments will be provided.

Native and Invasive Tree Identification Walking Tour – Saturday, August 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m., meet at Forest Hills Elementary School, 1133 Andrews Road.

Identify and discuss common native and invasive tree species with ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Todd Prager of Teragan & Associates on a neighborhood walking tour. Todd will explain common terms, concepts, and techniques used in tree identification, and help you become familiar with how to identify a tree by looking at leaves, fruit, bark, twigs, and form. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring your own water.

Other Workshops to be Scheduled This Year:

  • Gardening for Pollinators
  • Understanding the Tree Code: Removal & Protection Permits
  • Creating Backyard Habitat
  • Right Tree in the Right Place: Selection, Planting and Care

Schedule T.B.D. Please check back soon!

Heritage Trees

New Story Map

New Story Map, now available online.Explore the new Heritage Trees of Lake Oswego: A Story Map, scroll through the pages to learn about the City's Heritage Tree Program, use the custom web map to search for Heritage Trees by common name or street address, click on trees in the map; for photographs and additional information, or dowload a nomination form and learn about the designation criteria and process.  The Story Map also includes a recommended bike route to explore the City's 38th Heritage Tree on two wheels, as well as neighborhood walking tours.

One Heritage Tree Lost, One Gained

In the same week the City said goodbye to one living legacy, the Parks and Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board (PNAB) welcomed a new one. The 140-year old iconic elm ree on First Street between B and C Avenues was removed near the end of February after the trunk split in two and one of its large branches failed onto the adjacent building. It will continue to be listed as a Heritage Tree and wood salvaged during the removal efforts may be used by a local artist to create memorabilia that can be displayed and promoted through the Heritage Tree Program. That same week, PNAB designated a 46-inch diameter Oregon white oak located at 1127 Cedar Street as a Heritage Tree. A plaque will be installed soon.



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