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Citizen's View: Attend the city's Urban Forestry Summit

When viewed from the air, Lake Oswego is one of the most forested parts of the region. Our “urban forest” is one of the elements that makes Lake Oswego special.

While the city’s Tree Code is a factor that has contributed to this, some residents and property owners have questioned whether it is the best tool for this purpose. A few arborists and forestry professionals have observed that the Tree Code may actually work against some aspects of a healthy urban forest.

The Lake Oswego City Council has adopted a goal to “convene a community dialog on the Tree Code to identify better ways to meet the intent of the code while responding to residents’ desire for less stringent regulation,” and to “review the Tree Code overall.” As a major step toward this goal, the council is hosting an Urban Forestry Summit on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

The summit will include features of the well-received North Anchor Forum that was held in January. It will be fast-paced, with lots of opportunities for each participant to engage and contribute to the discussion.

We encourage members of the community to register soon via the city’s website at www.LakeOswego.city/trees. If you can’t attend in person, please share your thoughts in our virtual “Open City Hall” forum. At the city website, do a search for “Open City Hall.”

Scott Lazenby is the city manager of Lake Oswego.

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