Eastmoreland Tree Committee Update

Succession Plan Implementation

The succession plan for the neighborhood asks for large canopy trees in large spaces without overhead wires, a diversity of ages (which we have), and a diversity of genus, species, and family. Diversity has been
defined as no more than 10% of one species, no more than 20% of one genus, and no more than 30% of one family. Since nearly half of our street population is comprised of maples, we are planting many fewer maples now than we did in 1997 when we first planted with Friends of Trees. Accolade Elms, planted in previous years, will reach the 75 foot height of the old elms planted in the early twentieth-century. Many of the trees planted this year will top out over 45 feet high and will continue the large-scale treescape that balances the large houses in the neighborhood. Neighbors should thank Mary Dettmer who coordinated the neighborhood planting, and Gretchen Sperling and Mike Ellis who worked to advance the cause of planting large trees for large planting strips. Look for the following new trees to leaf out this spring:

3 Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa, 55 ‘x 45’)
3 Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea, 50’ x 40’)
3 Schumard Oak (Quercus shumardii, 50’ x 40’)
2 Green Vase Zelcova (Zelcova serrata ‘Green Vase,’ 50’ x 40’)
5 Autumn Gold Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold,’ 45’ x 35’)
1 Harvest Gold Linden (Tilia mongolica 45’ x 35’)
3 Heritage Birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully,’ 40’x 30’)
3 Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica, 40’ x 30’)
3 Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica, 35’ x 20’)
2 Blue Beech (Carpinus carolineana, 25’ x 20’)
2 Rocky Mountain Glow Maple (Acer glabrum, 25’x 15’)
3 Japanese Hornbeam (Carpinus japonicus, 20’ x 25’)
1 Fig (Ficus carica ‘Desert King,’ 10’ x 12’ for garden planting)

Data Management and Condition Analysis

Jerry Beatty has finalized a Condition Rating Sheet, relying on forestry practices but also tailored to the needs of urban forestry. Tren Haselton put in many hours volunteering with Portland Parks and Recrea tion’s Urban Forestry Division to master their mapping system. Of great significance to the neighborhood, he has put Eastmoreland’s information in a free database. With a database that the Eastmoreland Tree Committee can update in-house and with a condition rating system ready to go, we have the tools to continue implementing the Neighborhood Tree Plan we devised in 2011. Meeting Updates can be read at Eastmoreland.org where Karen Williams checks in. Look for news of a Condition Field day sometime in March or April.

Reed College Place

The December 2011 pruning of the 256 lindens should hold at the very least for another year and very possibly for another three years. Neighbors along the parkway report that there have been fewer dead limbs coming out the trees these past two winters. The west side trees are pruned for line clearance by PGE, a separate matter from the code compliance pruning 14 feet above the street, the deadwood pruning, and some crown clearance that the Reed College Place neighbors raised the money for in 2011. The professional landscape contractor is maintaining the turf on RCP without pesticides, is hand-weeding around the trees, and mulched them last summer. The north block continues to be more shady than are the six blocks south, due to large evergreens in neighboring gardens across both sides of the parkway; also, the north block continues to be wetter, a natural outcome of the curve in Woodstock pushing water toward the parkway, the height of the east side of the street, and the steepness of the east-west hill generally on the north side of the neighborhood in comparison to the tapering of the grade as one moves south. Though it is crucial that the parkway be managed as a single landscape feature, differences in such conditions from north to south and east to west do make for differences in soil saturation and the density of the turf.

Good Bye to Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis, one of Eastmoreland’s Tree Stewards, will be moving out of the neighborhood this spring. We will remember Mike for contributing a great deal of forestry knowledge to the committee. He often listened to a whole round of comments before weighing in, not only to represent good forestry practice, but also to voice his concerns about what people, given their energy and their other commitments, can be expected to learn and to do. Finally, we will remember a particular point he made several times: it would be ideal if Urban Forestry could be persuaded to allow young trees to be planted between the old giants, so that when the giants subside, the young replacement trees will already be in the ground. Like so many possible actions raised in our meetings, this one is not without difficulties, but we will keep it in mind, just as we will keep Mike’s gentle pragmatism and clarity of purpose in mind, even as we miss his presence.
— Catherine Mushel, Tree Committee Chair and member,
Portland Urban Forestry Commission