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Neighborhood Tree Plan

  • The City’s Urban Forestry Subcommittee will engage Neighborhood Associations and community members to develop neighborhood tree plans.

    The tree plans are intended to help preserve and grow the number of healthy trees in each of Gresham’s neighborhoods.

    Neighborhood tree plan goals

    • Customize a neighborhood tree plan, unique to each neighborhood, to address tree canopy coverage and tree health related issues.
    • Work with neighborhoods to define the goals and actions for their tree plans. The Urban Forestry Subcommittee and City staff will lead this outreach effort.
    • Help each neighborhood determine a tree canopy coverage target along with activities to support achieving success.

    Tree canopy projects in 2021

    • What is Tree Canopy?
    • Tree Mapping Tool
    • Project Documents
    • Contact
    What is Tree Canopy?

    Like an umbrella, tree canopy is the amount of land that falls under the shade of a tree.

    Urban tree canopy, or lack of it, reflects a community’s health and livability. It’s common for cities like Gresham to set tree canopy goals.

    Many residents enjoy the iconic backdrop of Gresham’s forested buttes. Some neighborhoods are defined by scattered stands of tall Douglas fir trees, while other neighborhoods have little mature tree cover.

    Regardless, there are opportunities throughout the city to plant new trees to improve neighborhood tree canopy and help the City reach its urban forestry and climate resiliency goals.  

    Tree Mapping Tool

    The City is developing a mapping tool to catalog Gresham’s tree canopy characteristics. The results will help neighborhoods set meaningful goals in their neighborhood tree plans.

    A beta canopy mapping tool will be added to this page later in 2021. 

    This online tree tool will help City identify:

    • The percent of Gresham’s tree canopy cover.
    • Tree canopy gain and loss over time.
    • Areas to prioritize expanding the urban forest.
    • Sites that need extra care. 
    • Impacts of development.  
    • Planting potential. 
    • Equal canopy distribution.
    • Where to designate significant heritage trees, specific spaces and features of interest.

    For more information about this project, contact the Urban Forestry Subcommittee via Tina Osterink, Natural Resources Planner:

    • Spring trees bloom on Main Avenue
    • Southwest Neighborhood - Eastward View

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    • The Gresham Tree Team is helping to make a healthier urban environment for residents in west Gresham. 

    • Scientific research shows trees can lower crime rates, provide higher property values and cooler summers.

    • Trees create a third of the oxygen we breathe, cut off carbon and store stormwater runoff from pavement.