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City creates tools to better understand local tree canopy, learn where more need to be planted

PMG FILE PHOTO - There are several projects in the works to increase Greshams tree canopy. After a difficult winter that damaged many of the trees that make up Gresham's urban canopy, city crews are developing a tool to better understand how to make neighborhoods "green."

"The President's Day ice storm is an example of a climate generated event that caused a number of properties in Gresham to endure tree and property loses, impacting the state of our neighborhoods and citywide tree canopy," said Tina Osterink, Gresham natural resources planner.

There are several projects in the works to boost Gresham's tree canopy.

The city is developing a mapping tool to catalog trees across the city. The tool will identify the percent of Gresham's tree canopy cover, how many trees have been gained or lost, areas to prioritize, impacts of development, and where to designate significant heritage trees.

The Urban Forestry Subcommittee is also planning a Neighborhood Tree Plan outreach effort.

"The mapping project and Neighborhood Tree Plan will help preserve and expand Gresham's urban forest as we work together to become a more livable and climate-resilient community," Osterink said.

Learn more at GreshamOregon.gov/Neighborhood-Tree-Plan.


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