Forestry

Portland, Maine – ‘the 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. Our municipal community forest consists of over 20,000 trees along over 300 miles of public roadways and within our parks & public grounds. Our Horticulture Crew creates and maintains beautiful display gardens along with maintaining landscape elements throughout the city. In 2014 the "Friends of Forest City Trees" was formed by Portland residents to advocate for Portland’s trees & forests. With a focus on the environmental benefits of trees, edible landscape (orchards & food forests), sustainable trees & forests. Portland has received the ‘Tree City USA’ award from the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1978.

With help from the Maine Forest Service’s ‘Project Canopy’ program and the US Forest Service – Portland recently completed a city-wide GIS based tree inventory, conducted management plans for our woodland parks and created a ‘Portland Forest Video’ as part of the MFS ‘Profiles of Woodland Stewardship’ series. 

 

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  1. PARKS OFFICE

    212 Canco Road, Ste A

    Portland, Maine 

    PH:207-808-5400

    parks@portlandmaine.gov      

    Office Hours

    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon- Fri  

    PARKS DIRECTOR

    Alex Marshall                

    CITY ARBORIST

    Jeff Tarling

    trees@portlandmaine.gov

    PARK RANGER

    Timothy Stephenson

    Office: 207-808-5454

    Ranger Cell: 207-232-3721


    DURING NON-WORKING HOURS

    CONTACT PUBLIC SAFETY

    (207) 874-8575


    The mission of Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department is
    to enhance the quality of life through people, parks and programming
    while creating lasting memories for the citizens of Portland and its visitors. 


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