Urban Forestry

Old Apple Tree Festival & Cider Tasting

The Old Apple Tree Festival is adding a hard cider tent this year at the celebration of this 191-year-old apple tree! Join the celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the I-5 Bridge and south of Hwy. 14, within the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Throughout the day at this free, family-friendly event, enjoy live music, tours of the Land Bridge, art and crafts for kids, tree care workshops, and food available for purchase.  The Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. Bring your own clean apples and containers to participate in the free apple pressing, a popular feature of the community festival.

New this year is a 21-and-over, hard cider garden, hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington. The cider garden features are Tooley Bender from Battle Ground, English Estates from Vancouver, Jester & Judge from Stevenson, and Moulton Falls from Yacolt. Hard ciders will be available to sample or drink by the glass, for a small fee. Limited edition Old Apple Tree Festival 32-ounce growlers will also be available to purchase and take home. Visit www.slowfoodswwa.com for more information.

Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit. The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission, Bartlett Tree Care, Slow Food Southwest Washington, and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver’s efforts to enhance the community’s beautiful and beneficial trees, call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Old Apple Tree Festival & Cider Tasting

The Old Apple Tree Festival is adding a hard cider tent this year at the celebration of this 191-year-old apple tree! Join the celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the I-5 Bridge and south of Hwy. 14, within the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Throughout the day at this free, family-friendly event, enjoy live music, tours of the Land Bridge, art and crafts for kids, tree care workshops, and food available for purchase.  The Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. Bring your own clean apples and containers to participate in the free apple pressing, a popular feature of the community festival.

New this year is a 21-and-over, hard cider garden, hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington. The cider garden features are Tooley Bender from Battle Ground, English Estates from Vancouver, Jester & Judge from Stevenson, and Moulton Falls from Yacolt. Hard ciders will be available to sample or drink by the glass, for a small fee. Limited edition Old Apple Tree Festival 32-ounce growlers will also be available to purchase and take home. Visit www.slowfoodswwa.com for more information.

Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit. The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission, Bartlett Tree Care, Slow Food Southwest Washington, and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver’s efforts to enhance the community’s beautiful and beneficial trees, call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Winter Tree Walk at the Clark College Arboretum

Trees are beautiful in every season, even in the middle of winter when their branches are bare, stretching for the sky. But look closely: you’ll see tiny buds and new growth, ready to burst out into green and gold come springtime. Join other tree enthusiasts at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25, for a midwinter’s walk through the Clark College Arboretum with a guide from Urban Forestry. This Winter Tree ID Walk (part of the TreeTalk series) will help you learn some basic ways to identify trees, even without foliage. Hone your observation skills as you study branch arrangement, bark, buds, leaf scars and other characteristics that will allow you to accurately identify trees in every season.

Participants should dress for the weather. The Tree Walk is free, but you can RSVP by calling 360-487-8308 or by e-mailing jessica.george@cityofvancouver.us. Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Program aims to maximize the aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits that trees provide by preserving, managing, and enhancing existing trees and other vegetation and promoting the reforestation of the urban area, through an active integrated program with community support and participation.

Winter Tree ID Walk

Trees are beautiful in every season, even in the middle of winter when their branches are bare, stretching for the sky. But look closely: you’ll see tiny buds and new growth, ready to burst out into green and gold come springtime. Join other tree enthusiasts at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25, for a midwinter’s walk through the Clark College Arboretum with a guide from Urban Forestry. This Winter Tree ID Walk (part of the TreeTalk series) will help you learn some basic ways to identify trees, even without foliage. Hone your observation skills as you study branch arrangement, bark, buds, leaf scars and other characteristics that will allow you to accurately identify trees in every season.

Participants should dress for the weather. The Tree Walk is free, but you can RSVP by calling 360-487-8308 or by e-mailing jessica.george@cityofvancouver.us. Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Program aims to maximize the aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits that trees provide by preserving, managing, and enhancing existing trees and other vegetation and promoting the reforestation of the urban area, through an active integrated program with community support and participation.

Treetalk: Managing Hazardous Trees

Vancouver’s Urban Forestry office invites the public to learn how to recognize and manage hazardous trees at a free TreeTalk workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

When Pacific Northwest weather brings rains and winds, questions rise about the condition and safety of large trees. Careful understanding and management of tree defects in advance can help create a safer environment, reduce liability and ease those concerns. Just because a tree is mature doesn’t mean it will fail—but there are things you can do to ensure it stays healthy (and upright).

Along with gaining tips and resources, workshop participants will learn how to increase safety, reduce potential damage and better prioritize tree care. Certified arborists and tree risk assessors will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions.

Want to get tips and resources right away? Visit the Urban Forestry webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry. You’ll find information on how to manage hazardous trees, what you can do to help ensure your trees are prepared for severe weather conditions, how to contact a certified arborists to help you, and more. For a complete listing of Urban Forestry workshops and activities, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry or call 360-487-8308.

Free Tree Pruning Workshop

Proper pruning can make all the difference in keeping trees healthy and preventing hazards. Trees that receive appropriate pruning while they’re young require less corrective pruning as they mature. Learn how to properly prune trees while keeping them strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry’s TreeTalk Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9, at Fir Crest Park, located at 12200 S.E. 5th St. where it intersects with 122nd Ave.

This outdoor workshop will be led by Urban Forestry arborists, who will provide proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in methods and tips for pruning young trees. Participants will gain hands-on training in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure. Participants should dress for the weather. Gloves and some tools will be provided. Where possible, participants are encouraged to bring their own bypass hand pruners.

TreeTalk is a series of free, all-about-trees, educational workshops presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry, a division of the Department of Public Works. To ensure your place at the TreeTalk Workshop, register in advance by calling 360-487-8308 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Tree Pruning Workshop

Proper pruning can make all the difference in keeping trees healthy and preventing hazards. Trees that receive appropriate pruning while they’re young require less corrective pruning as they mature. Learn how to properly prune trees while keeping them strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry’s TreeTalk Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9, at Fir Crest Park, located at 12200 S.E. 5th St. where it intersects with 122nd Ave.

This outdoor workshop will be led by Urban Forestry arborists, who will provide proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in methods and tips for pruning young trees. Participants will gain hands-on training in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure. Participants should dress for the weather. Gloves and some tools will be provided. Where possible, participants are encouraged to bring their own bypass hand pruners.

TreeTalk is a series of free, all-about-trees, educational workshops presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry, a division of the Department of Public Works. To ensure your place at the TreeTalk Workshop, register in advance by calling 360-487-8308 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Mulch Madness

In the month of March, teamwork and buckets can only mean one thing: Mulch Madness. So lace up your boots, throw on your gloves and join Urban Forestry staff and volunteers for the last Saturday mulching event in March. You’ll be assigned to one of Vancouver’s beautiful parks (St. Helens Park, Haagen Park, Healthy Homeland Community Garden and Arnada Park are all possibilities). Call 360-487-8308 or email Jessica.George@cityofvancouver.us to sign up to get details about time and location. Participants should dress for the weather (which looks to be about 60 degrees with occasional sprinkles of rain). Gloves and tools will be provided.

If you can’t help spread mulch around on Saturday, here’s some mulching information and tips from Vancouver’s Urban Forestry team: Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your trees, shrubs and landscapes. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, reduces soil moisture loss, reduces soil compaction, provides nutrients, improves soil structure, and prevents mower and trimmer damage to the tree trunk. Bark chips make good mulch, using the 3-3-3 rule: 3 inches of mulch in a 3-foot ring with a 3-inch space around the tree trunk. The result: healthier plants and soils.

To learn more about Urban Forestry, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry. Vancouver Urban Forestry is a division of the Department of Public Works.

NeighborWoods

Do you love trees? No, I mean, do you REALLY love trees? Share your tree-mendous (sorry, couldn’t help it) enthusiasm by becoming part of Urban Forestry’s NeighborWoods program.

NeighborWoods stewards receive free education from local arboriculture experts on a variety of tree-related topics including tree identification, tree biology, proper tree care, city tree regulations, tree planting, trees in our watersheds, and the overall benefits of trees. Stewards serve as liaisons to their neighborhood associations, providing tree-related advice and assisting with tree plantings or tree-related educational projects in their neighborhoods.

The next series of NeighborWoods training sessions start on Saturday, Oct. 10, with a total of five weekday evenings in October, as well as two Saturday mornings. Applications are available by calling 360-487-8308 or by e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. Applications also can be downloaded at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry, through the NeighborWoods link.

Free Tree Pruning Workshop

Proper pruning can make all the difference in keeping trees healthy and preventing hazards. Trees that receive appropriate pruning while they’re young require less corrective pruning as they mature. Learn how to properly prune trees while keeping them strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry’s TreeTalk Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 18, at First Place Park, located at the intersection of 16th St. and 151st Ave.

This outdoor workshop will be led by Urban Forestry arborists, who will provide proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in methods and tips for pruning young trees. Participants will gain hands-on training in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure. Participants should dress for the weather. Gloves and some tools will be provided. Where possible, participants are encouraged to bring their own bypass hand pruners.

TreeTalk is a series of free, all-about-trees, educational workshops presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry, a division of the Department of Public Works. To ensure your place at the TreeTalk Workshop, register in advance by calling 360-487-8308 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Tree Pruning Workshop

Proper pruning can make all the difference in keeping trees healthy and preventing hazards. Trees that receive appropriate pruning while they’re young require less corrective pruning as they mature. Learn how to properly prune trees while keeping them strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry’s TreeTalk Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 18, at First Place Park, located at the intersection of 16th St. and 151st Ave.

This outdoor workshop will be led by Urban Forestry arborists, who will provide proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in methods and tips for pruning young trees. Participants will gain hands-on training in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure. Participants should dress for the weather. Gloves and some tools will be provided. Where possible, participants are encouraged to bring their own bypass hand pruners.

TreeTalk is a series of free, all-about-trees, educational workshops presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry, a division of the Department of Public Works. To ensure your place at the TreeTalk Workshop, register in advance by calling 360-487-8308 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Tree Pruning with Urban Forestry

Learn how to properly prune trees and keep them strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry’s TreeTalk Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11, in Uptown Village at 25th and Main Streets. You’ll get hands-on training in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure. This outdoor workshop will be led by Urban Forestry arborists who’ll provide instruction in the best pruning techniques. Dress for the weather. (…will it be sunny or rainy? Who knows?! Welcome to Washington!) Gloves and some tools will be provided, but you should bring bypass hand pruners if you have them.

TreeTalk is a series of free, all-about-trees, educational workshops presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry, a division of the Department of Public Works. Register in advance by calling 360-487-8308 or emailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information about Urban Forestry, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

 

Free TreeTalk Care & Pruning Workshop

Have the rain and wind got you worrying about droopy branches or unstable roots? Well, worry no more, because the experts are here to address your burning questions about the condition and safety of large trees on (or near) your property. Like so many other things in life, trees in urban areas need careful, knowledgeable management, and that’s what Vancouver’s Urban Forestry team can do for you and your leafy green friends.

Urban Forestry is offering a free TreeTalk Workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.) to help you recognize and manage hazardous trees. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 31, learn how to properly prune while keeping trees strong and healthy at another TreeTalk Workshop, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in East Vancouver. Participants will get hands-on instruction outdoors in the Village Woods greenspace, located at 17407 S.E. 34th St.

Along with gaining tips and resources, workshop attendees will learn how to create a safer environment, reduce damage, and better prioritize tree care. Certified arborists and tree risk assessors will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions. Participants should dress for the weather and bring gloves and, if possible, bypass hand pruners. RSVP by calling 360-487-8308 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Free TreeTalk Pruning & Care Workshop

Have the rain and wind got you worrying about droopy branches or unstable roots? Well, worry no more, because the experts are here to address your burning questions about the condition and safety of large trees on (or near) your property. Like so many other things in life, trees in urban areas need careful, knowledgeable management, and that’s what Vancouver’s Urban Forestry team can do for you and your leafy green friends.

Urban Forestry is offering a free TreeTalk Workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.) to help you recognize and manage hazardous trees. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 31, learn how to properly prune while keeping trees strong and healthy at another TreeTalk Workshop, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in East Vancouver. Participants will get hands-on instruction outdoors in the Village Woods greenspace, located at 17407 S.E. 34th St.

Along with gaining tips and resources, workshop attendees will learn how to create a safer environment, reduce damage, and better prioritize tree care. Certified arborists and tree risk assessors will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions. Participants should dress for the weather and bring gloves and, if possible, bypass hand pruners. RSVP by calling 360-487-8308 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Love Thy Trees

Do your trees need some good, ol’ fashioned lovin’? Have the rain and wind got you worrying about droopy branches or unstable roots? Well, worry no more, because the experts are here to address your burning questions about the condition and safety of large trees on (or near) your property. Like so many other things in life, trees in urban areas need careful, knowledgeable management, and that’s what Vancouver’s Urban Forestry team can do for you and your leafy green friends.

Urban Forestry is offering a free TreeTalk Workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.) to help you recognize and manage hazardous trees. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 31, learn how to properly prune while keeping trees strong and healthy at another TreeTalk Workshop, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in East Vancouver. Participants will get hands-on instruction outdoors in the Village Woods greenspace, located at 17407 S.E. 34th St.

Along with gaining tips and resources, workshop attendees will learn how to create a safer environment, reduce damage, and better prioritize tree care. Certified arborists and tree risk assessors will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions. Participants should dress for the weather and bring gloves and, if possible, bypass hand pruners. RSVP by calling 360-487-8308 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Burnt Bridge Creek Nature Walk

Burnt Bridge Creek isn’t just a pretty stream—it’s also an invaluable party of Vancouver’s urban infrastructure, performing many tasks at once: stormwater management, community recreation, and habitat restoration, among other things. Learn all about this quietly hardworking natural powerhouse during a free nature walk along Burnt Bridge Creek at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.
Join members of Vancouver’s Greenway Team and Urban Forestry at the N.E. 65th Ave. trailhead, just south of S.E. 18th St., for this one-hour, leisurely walk on the paved trail along Burnt Bridge Creek. The creek flows through the heart of Vancouver, with an adjacent recreational path that runs for eight miles. Portions of the creek and nearby natural areas help to purify the stormwater runoff that flows from streets, houses, and yards. The carefully designed infrastructure—pipes, catch basins, and dry wells with ponds, swales and plants—manage and improve stormwater, provide habitat for native species, and create a beautiful public-use recreational area.

Participants will learn about multi-use natural areas, sustainable trails, greenway restoration, progressive stormwater management systems, and stewardship activities along Burnt Bridge Creek. Advance sign-ups are encouraged. To RSVP, e-mail urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us or call 360-487-8308. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and for walking.

Burnt Bridge Creek Nature Walk

Burnt Bridge Creek isn’t just a pretty stream—it’s also an invaluable party of Vancouver’s urban infrastructure, performing many tasks at once: stormwater management, community recreation, and habitat restoration, among other things. Learn all about this quietly hardworking natural powerhouse during a free nature walk along Burnt Bridge Creek at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.
Join members of Vancouver’s Greenway Team and Urban Forestry at the N.E. 65th Ave. trailhead, just south of S.E. 18th St., for this one-hour, leisurely walk on the paved trail along Burnt Bridge Creek. The creek flows through the heart of Vancouver, with an adjacent recreational path that runs for eight miles. Portions of the creek and nearby natural areas help to purify the stormwater runoff that flows from streets, houses, and yards. The carefully designed infrastructure—pipes, catch basins, and dry wells with ponds, swales and plants—manage and improve stormwater, provide habitat for native species, and create a beautiful public-use recreational area.

Participants will learn about multi-use natural areas, sustainable trails, greenway restoration, progressive stormwater management systems, and stewardship activities along Burnt Bridge Creek. Advance sign-ups are encouraged. To RSVP, e-mail urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us or call 360-487-8308. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and for walking.

Tree Identification Walk

What kind of tree is that? Many species of beautiful trees have their roots in the North Bank, but how can you distinguish one tree from another? The arborially curious are invited to attend a free tree identification walk and basic tree identification workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29. The walk will begin near the playground at Marshall Park, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., and continue to the grounds of Clark College and back. The workshop will focus on basic tree terminology and how to identify both native and common ornamental trees.

This walk is part of TreeTalk, a series of free, educational, all-about-trees workshops presented by Vancouver’s Urban Forestry team. Registration is requested by calling 360-487-8303 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. Wear walking shoes and comfortable outdoor clothing. For information about upcoming Urban Forestry events, including future TreeTalk workshops, visit cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Tree Identification Walk

What kind of tree is that? Many species of beautiful trees have their roots in the North Bank, but how can you distinguish one tree from another? The arborially curious are invited to attend a free tree identification walk and basic tree identification workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29. The walk will begin near the playground at Marshall Park, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., and continue to the grounds of Clark College and back. The workshop will focus on basic tree terminology and how to identify both native and common ornamental trees.

This walk is part of TreeTalk, a series of free, educational, all-about-trees workshops presented by Vancouver’s Urban Forestry team. Registration is requested by calling 360-487-8303 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. Wear walking shoes and comfortable outdoor clothing. For information about upcoming Urban Forestry events, including future TreeTalk workshops, visit cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Above photo: That’s an oak tree!

Tree Pruning Workshop

Learn how to properly prune trees to keep them strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry‘s TreeTalk Workshop, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. Participants will meet at Hough Elementary School, located at 1900 Daniels St. in Vancouver, for hands-on instruction in pruning trees—especially young trees—to comply with city codes and to encourage the trees to grow in a balanced manner with a stable foundation.

This outdoor tree pruning workshop will be led by ISA-certified Urban Forestry staff, who will provide a brief overview of proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in correct pruning techniques and how to prune trees according to city guidelines. For example, street trees should be pruned to allow seven-foot clearance over the sidewalk, and 12-foot clearance over the street. Proper pruning can make all the difference in keeping trees healthy and preventing hazards such as weak, fall-prone branches.

Participants should dress for the weather, bring their own gloves, and—if possible—bring bypass hand pruners. TreeTalk is a series of free, all-about-trees, educational workshops presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry, a division of the Department of Public Works. Register by calling 360-487-8308 or e-mailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For details, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.