Oregon: City of Portland Tree Planting for Heat Mitigation

Portland creates strong tree canopy to fight extreme heat.

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Portland, Oregon: $2 million

Project Description

In 2021, Portland, a city of 653,000 residents, dealt with record-breaking extreme heat leading to the deaths of 54 people. More than half of those deaths occurred in “urban heat islands” or large areas of pavement where there is a lack tree canopy and green space. To mitigate extreme heat conditions, Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry plans to plant 10,500 trees over three years. The effort will reduce the impacts of heat islands as well as mitigate urban flooding during extreme rainfall events as well as improve air quality.

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