The overall impact of trees on our health and sense of well being depends on a lush canopy made up of thousands of neighborhood trees cared for by individual property owners over time. Eastmoreland’s Tree Committee works with residents, non-profits, and the Urban Forestry Division, Portland Parks and Recreation.  Our common goal is to preserve and enhance the evolving street tree canopy that helps ensure our health and well being and enhances the  character of the neighborhood.

Street Trees

Each homeowner, by city code, is responsible for the care and maintenance of the street trees adjacent to their property–the trees in the public rights of way, the planting strip between the sidewalk and street.  Since 1995, the Tree Committee has been helping homeowners by providing information and coordinating activities, such as the first neighborhood-wide planting with Friends of Trees in 1997, the first elm inoculation in 2000, and the pruning of the trees in Reed College Place median in 2011.

A website,, based on the 2011 Street Tree Inventory with Urban Forestry gives everyone access to updated street tree information.


INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS—Maintaining and Enhancing the Canopy

  • Water young trees regularly for the first three years to help them get established.
  • Water aging trees deeply periodically in droughty conditions.
  • Remove very small branches ½ inch or less that are broken or obstructing the sidewalk or street right-of way.

When a permit is required to make informed decisions to improve the canopy, go to or call 503-823-4489.

  • Replacing and planting new trees—filling any one of the nearly 700 empty spaces when adjacent to your own property.
    • Locate buried and overhead utilities ahead of planting and removals.
  • Removing dead, dying, or dangerous trees.
  • Pruning over ½ inch diameter, especially for required sidewalk clearance of 7 ½ feet, street clearance of 11 feet, and arterial clearance of 14 feet.

Contribute to the database: Submit information about a large limb or whole tree failure by going to 

  • Click on Help Us and update the tree committee about the state of the neighborhood canopy by submitting information regarding large limb or whole tree failures, removals, and plantings.
  • Learn about the neighborhood’s street tree population and the tree in front of your house by querying the database, which lists and maps the condition, size, and genus and sometimes species of any neighborhood street tree at any neighborhood address.
  • Learn about the neighborhood’s planting lists for north-south and east west streets.

COMMUNITY EFFORTS: Maintaining and Enhancing the Canopy

Volunteer with Friends of Trees

  • Sign in during late summer for winter plantings.
  • Train to become the neighborhood coordinator for Eastmoreland.
  • Train to become a planting crew leader.

Support the Annual Elm Inoculation, formerly accomplished by volunteers, and beginning in 2017, completed at less cost through a licensed arboricultural company.  Click here to learn more about Dutch elm disease.

Contribute Funds by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, PO Box 82520, Portland, OR 97282.  On-going cost estimates based on past year’s records add up:
Annual Expenses
$6,000—elm inoculation
$7,000—Eastmoreland Garden and its trees
$30,000—Reed College Place mowing, watering, and spent flower and fallen leaf removal
Periodic Expenses
$40,000 plus:  5-7 year pruning 256 Reed College Place trees

Contact. Event announcements are made on the ENA website. The Tree Committee, a standing committee of the ENA, meets as needed, with regular meetings often scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month. Inquiries and meeting verification: