Fun at last year's Arbor Day celebration.
Fun at last year's Arbor Day celebration.

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry presents the city’s annual Arbor Day Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Mount Scott Park in southeast Portland.

“Trees are an essential component of Portland’s livability,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “They help enhance the environment, provide shade and wildlife habitat, filter stormwater runoff, and improve air quality.”

Arbor Day 2017 is a free, multicultural festival with food from local vendors and activities for the whole family underneath towering Douglas fir trees. The events include:

· Bucket truck rides (a free, birds-eye view of Portland from above the tree tops, see photos)

· Tamales from Tierra del Sol

· Asian cuisine from Sisters Fusion

· The Latin sounds of Trio Matices

· Eclectic melodies from international recording artist Darka Dusty and Miri Stebivka

· Vocal stylings of acapella group B-Side Book Club

· Learn about the history of Portland's urban forest

· An ecological scavenger hunt

· Botanical printmaking

· Face painting

· A tree climbing demonstration

· Tree seedling giveaways, and

· The Bill Naito Community Trees Awards, presented to one individual and one group exemplifying “tree-mendous” achievements!

The City of Portland will also receive the designation as a ‘Tree City USA’ for the 40th consecutive year.

The mission of Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is to manage and care for Portland's forest infrastructure in the city, for current and future generations. The urban forest consists of 220,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees and innumerable private property trees. Urban Forestry is involved in managing or regulating all of these trees to differing degrees- creating and implementing the city's urban forest management plan, fostering community tree awareness and stewardship, developing tree policies and programs, monitoring and assessing the urban forest, issuing permits for planting, pruning, and removal of public and some private trees, and responding to tree emergencies.