History of Forest City

The Forestry Division has been managing Portland’s community forest resources: shade & ornamental trees along with city woodlands and parks since the late-nineteenth century. The first tree ordinance was in 1855. The City’s first forester Jeddediah Jewett (1807-1863) was appointed in 1858.

A SHORT HISTORY OF TREES IN PORTLAND 

  • Excerpted from: Green Spaces Blue Edges: An Open Space Plan for the City of Portland

HISTORICAL YEARLY FORESTRY REPORTS: 1900 - 1934 

  • Our annual city reports contain an interesting view back and make for interesting reading.

SHADE TREES

  • The following is an excerpt from History of Portland by William Willis, written in 1864.

PORTLAND’S FIRST TREE SURVEY

  • Portland’s First Tree Survey from 1854
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Forestry History Newsprint

Forestry History News 1
Forestry History News 2