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All trees provide benefits, such as stormwater retention and erosion control, wildlife habitat, and reduced energy consumption. A street tree is a community-owned tree that grows on City property. Often, they are located adjacent to your home in a planter strip or median between the sidewalk and the street. When planter strips are not present, they may be planted near the street pavement or behind a sidewalk. Though the City does not encourage removal of public trees or street trees, sometimes it is necessary.
For more information, please visit our webpage dedicated to Trees in Oregon City.
Street trees are also important to Oregon City because the City is a confirmed member of Tree City USA through the National Arbor Day Foundation. Tree City USA status helps to raise awareness about trees and the importance of urban forestry to our quality of life. We will be celebrating Oregon Arbor Week the first week of April with an Arbor Day proclamation, tree planting events and an arbor day celebration!
Once approved by the City Commission, property owners with street tree planting strips 3 feet wide or less will see the most direct and immediate impacts:
Neighbors and sidewalk users - especially people with mobility challenges and disabilities - might also benefit. For sidewalks in areas with planting strips 3 feet wide or less, sidewalk users may experience fewer future mobility hazards caused by sidewalk buckling.
All Oregon City residents, users of Oregon City's public infrastructure, and local taxpayers may also benefit. Allowing property owners to remove and not replace street trees in planter strips 3 feet wide or less may help reduce the future risk of damage to public utilities and infrastructure located in those areas, making public utilities less costly to protect, maintain, and repair.
Using a tape measure, take the planting strip width measurement:
If the City Commission approves the Natural Resource Committee's recommended Street Tree Code update after you've applied for a street tree removal permit, you may have options to amend a street tree removal permit we've already issued.