Visitors to the Northwest will often marvel at how green it is here. Magnificent trees will stretch their great boughs skyward, seemingly oblivious that they’ve taken root in a densely populated urban area. There’s a reason we’re so fortunate to have such amazing Portland trees: we protect them.
Nearly 300 “Heritage Trees” stand tall throughout Portland. Anyone can nominate a tree for this special status. Once granted, it becomes unlawful (without prior written consent) to remove, destroy, cut, prune, break or injure any designated Heritage Tree. Even trees on private property can be nominated with permission from the landowner and this consent binds all successors and heirs.
SW Main St and SW Jefferson St
American elm (Ulmus americana)
Height 78 ft
Spread 105 ft
Circumference 12.17 ft
1225 SW 6th Ave
Dutch elm (Ulmus x hollandica)
Height 105 ft
Spread 90 ft
Circumference 13.5 ft
1403 NE Weidler St
Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Height 72 ft
Spread 65 ft
Circumference 15.5 ft
NW 23rd & NW Overton
Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana)
Height 80 ft
Spread 86 ft
Circumference 15.4 ft
222 SE 17th Ave
Wych elm (Ulmus glabra)
Height 100 ft
Spread 60 ft
Circumference 14.9 ft
No matter where you are in the city, one of these proud trees likely lives nearby. Want to find an epic Heritage Tree? There’s a free iPhone app for that. You can learn more about it here.
There’s even a handy Portland Heritage Guidebook you can check out online or right-click and save for later viewing.
And for good measure, here’s an interactive map:
Get out there and explore Portland’s glorious Heritage Trees!
Living in an urban area doesn’t mean you can’t have local honey and fresh eggs. It just means you can support a local business and maybe invite some new feathered friends into your backyard. Watch this informational video and then check out the full scoop on the birds and the bees below!
After pollenating Portland’s flora and promoting the local ecosystem, Bee Local’s honey-makers buzz up to the tops of key buildings downtown to do what they do best. Each hive can cover a radius of over a mile, bringing back the neighborhood’s pollen to craft their own special variety of honey. In addition to its inherent deliciousness, a daily dose of honey can alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies and motivated folk will employ ancient techniques to make mead or “honey wine.”
If you want to get your paws on this amazing local honey, check out Bee Local’s online store. Honey is a fantastic gift (for yourself and others) so visit the site periodically because the varieties change as the season progresses!
So the next time you’re downtown and spot a bee beating its wings up toward a building, you can smile to yourself because you’ll know where she’s headed.
Chickens – Your Backyard Barnyard
Before you get distracted by all the awesome benefits of owning chickens, let it first be known: chickens make great pets. Just hanging out with your chickens in the backyard while enjoying a refreshing beverage is a recipe for relaxation.
In addition, most hens will provide you with omelet ingredients every one to three days. And these fresh, free-range eggs are proven to be higher in vitamins and lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.
Also, chickens are enthusiastic gardeners. They’ll happily clear a vegetable garden after harvest, scratching out slugs and weeds and yes, fertilize the soil for good measure. If you have fruit trees, chickens will clear away the fallen produce before it attracts insects.
You might say that backyard chickens are the bee’s knees!
For information on the types and quantity animals the City of Portland allows you to keep at your residence before you need a permit, check out this FAQ on backyard animals.
Caravan, the Tiny House Hotel has its grand opening this Saturday July 27.
Grand opening this Saturday July 27th, from 5 to 10 pm.
5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211 (11th and Alberta)
Featuring musical guest Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness
Visit the Tiny House Hotel, the first of its kind in the United States. Thanks to Pat Kessler for the tip about this event!