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Attend a ‘Map Your Neighborhood program

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disaster. Neighbors can learn to work together as a team to evaluate their neighborhood following a disaster to increase their neighbors’ capacity to survive and be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a disaster.

MYN provides a step-by-step process that neighbors to work on together to prepare their neighborhoods for disasters. Neighborhood leaders or organizers will complete a free two hour program that gives them the materials and skills to reach out into their neighborhoods and implement the MYN program.

Classes are offered Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26 at various locations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Darlene Schnoor at 503-846-2774 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Join the Arbor Day Foundation

Residents of Oregon can ring in the new yar with five free crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2013. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and April 30, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch-tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, “Arbor Day,” and “The Tree Book,” which includes information about tree planting and care.

To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership by Jan. 31. Oregon residents can join online at arborday.org/january. Send contributions to 5 CRAPEMYRTLES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Apply for Multnomah Bar grant

The Multnomah Bar Foundation will offer grants to local nonprofits whose programs or projects increase civic education or participation, or increase the public’s understanding of the legal system, particularly the third branch of government, the justice system.

Letters of inquiry can be sent to: Multnomah Bar Foundation, 620 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1220, Portland, OR 97204. Entry deadline is Jan. 25. For more information, visit mbabar.org/Foundation/Grants or call 503-222-3275.

Nominate Heritage Trees

The Clackamas County Heritage Tree Program encourages residents and property owners to identify and protect individual trees or groups of trees that meet specific criteria. Heritage tree nominations for 2013 must be submitted to the Clackamas County Planning and Zoning Division by Feb. 12.

Nominations must meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Specimen
  • — A tree of exceptional size, form or rarity, or horticultural value

  • Historic — A tree of exceptional age, and/or associated with or contribution to an historic structure or district or with a noted person or historic event

  • Landmark — A tree that is a prominent identifying feature of a community

  • Collection — A group of trees in a notable grove, avenue or other planting

    Nominated trees will be inspected by an arborist in March to ensure criteria are met and then forwarded to the County’s Historic Review Board. The Historic Review Board will recommend trees to be recognized to the County Board of Commissioners, which will designate all approved trees as Heritage Trees in May.

    For more information, visit or contact Lorraine Gonzales at 503-742-4541 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Use new online mapping application

    Clackamas County’s Department of Technology Services announced an enhancement to its existing online mapping and land information Web application, CMap.

    Need to find the assessed value of your property? What school district and what schools serve your location? What is the approximate elevation of your property? What natural hazards might affect your property? These questions and more can be answered through CMap.

    CMap allows users to retrieve assessment, service provider and hazard information about a particular tax lot and provides a map and aerial photos. In addition, users can access the assessor’s parcel maps and selected survey documents.

    CMap is accessible from Clackamas County’s website, cmap.clackamas.us. For more information, call 503-723-4814 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..