Who We Are and What we do
In addition to their aesthetic value, city trees provide significant ecosystem services essential for our current and future generations. Our mission is to maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits of Eugene’s urban forest and to minimize its costs and liabilities by means of adaptive management and community engagement. –Urban Forestry Program Review (2013).
The Urban Forestry program manages more than 76,000 public street trees. Our team strives to promote a healthier and more sustainable urban forest, foster community tree awareness and stewardship, and develop tree projects and regulations.
Our vision is to increase city-wide canopy cover from our current 23% (2017) to over 30%, and to improve tree care, health, and safety to maximize the benefits they provide to our community.
Our ServicesThe Urban Forestry workgroup provides the following services:
- Emergency response
- Street tree maintenance, consisting of: planting, pruning and removal
- Street tree removal and planting permits
- Street tree inspections
- Street tree appraisals
- Street tree inventory
Our Urban Forestry TeamOur group is composed of 10 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists, including three board certified Master Arborists and six Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) credentialed arborists:
- 1 Urban forestry manager
- 1 Urban forestry management analyst
- 1 Lead arborist
- 4 Operations staff members
- 3 Urban forestry technical specialists
- 1-2 seasonal interns when budget allows
Urban Forestry arborists also practice aerial rescue on a monthly basis to ensure that we are prepared in the event of a high angle rescue. Training consists of the extraction of a person from a tree using modern climbing techniques or an aerial lift truck. This training is done periodically in conjunction with Eugene Springfield Fire Department staff. Our goal is to be able to perform a safe, efficient and effective rescue of either one of our own staff or a member of the community, if necessary.
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