(Following is a general public informational communication, BWNA has taken no official position on this issue)
ACTION ALERT: HELP PROTECT BIG TREES!
Portland’s Tree Project Oversight Advisory Committee (OAC) is currently looking into policy on preserving large, healthy trees in development situations, at the request of City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
The OAC meets the second Monday of each month—Next meeting: Oct. 12, 10 am – 12 pm, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500B
Please attend the Oct. 12 meeting (which allows ten collective minutes of public testimony), and/or contact the OAC, Portland City Commissioners, and Mayor Hales
Suggested talking points:
· Ask for a moratorium on all healthy tree destruction by developers until meaningful changes to the tree code (Title 11) can be made.
· Urge them to support a significant increase in the current paltry $1,200 fee in lieu of preservation, to discourage the removal of trees. This will require a revision to Section 11.10.07 B and a vote by City Council.
· Demand advance notice and citizen involvement in the process. Currently, there’s no recourse or mechanism for public appeal in development situations, and no advance notice is given when tree removal permits are issued to developers. It’s crucial that community residents have the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process concerning tree removals and be able to be a voice for wildlife that is dependent on big, mature trees.
· Remind them that it’s the city’s duty to preserve trees, as stated in Title 11, the Urban Forestry Plan, and the Portland Comprehensive Plan. The city should remove all existing loopholes and require that developers adapt to the environment, not the reverse!
Who to contact:
City Commissioners: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Mailing address: 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
OAC (staff): firstname.lastname@example.org; Jenn.Cairo@portlandoregon.gov; email@example.com