beautiful natural environment is a heritage we must
The natural environment is often cited as the aspect
people appreciate most about Portland and its surroundings.
Portlanders find that the natural environment provides
opportunities for people, including families with children,
to build a sense of community.
People express the need to preserve and restore natural
areas, parks, forests wildlife areas and rivers, with particular
attention paid to offering underserved neighborhoods
the same outdoor benefits as others. According to many,
individual responsibility is essential to keeping the
natural environment intact. Respondents mention reducing
automobile commutes and employing energy saving measures
in homes as the types of personal choices that will
be necessary to preserve the environment. Portlanders
also believe the future protection of our city’s natural
environment must involve work with regional governments
deeply value the environment.
forests and greenery must remain central to Portland’s
- The natural environments
that exist today must be preserved for future generations.
deeply value the environment.
- The natural environment is frequently mentioned
as the element that makes Portland unique
from other cities.
- Portlanders appreciate the close proximity
of the natural environment to residential
areas, within the city and bordering the city.
- Respondents talk about the park systems
in neighborhoods, the abundance of trees lining
streets and accessible urban forests (see
Livability: Parks and Open Spaces).
- Some respondents envision the future Portland
as having even more natural environments integrated
with the urban landscape.
2030] The MAX has encouraged urban nodes
into the valley and hills, but zoning
has preserved green spaces and parks with
walkable paths, river access.”
forests and greenery must remain central to
- Plant more trees in urban areas and neighborhoods.
- There should be special attention given
to tree and green space development as well
as protection in underserved neighborhoods.
- People want to see more trees lining streets
and in sitting areas.
- Increase green roofs, green spaces and parks.
plant more trees. Build more parks.”
would also like to see more bike lanes
on major streets, more parks, and more
running trails inside the city, and more
beautification of the city with plants,
shrubs, and trees.”
trees and community gardens in neighborhoods,
especially poorer neighborhoods.”
- The City should work with other
regional governments and jurisdictions to
protect natural resources.
- Zoning codes should allow for more community
- Stop the use of pesticides in public spaces
such as parks.
- “Plant trees in all parking strips and freeway
natural environments that exist today must
be preserved for future generations.
- Individuals will have a large responsibility
to maintain the city’s natural environment.
- People should help preserve public and
- There needs to be a regional approach to
protecting the natural environment in the
Portland metro area by working closely with
jurisdictions and organizations.
- Portlanders express concern and resentment
over trees getting cut down, especially older
trees that are cut down to make way for the
- Widening roads;
- Building condominiums;
- New trees or landscaping; and
- Expanding light rail systems.
- Policies should reflect the interest of
constituents to sustain the natural environment.
- Some respondents feel that Portland should
keep the urban growth boundary intact and
only develop within the confines of that area.
- Both enhance and preserve the remaining
natural areas, trees in neighborhoods and
lining streets, parks, gardens and rivers.
- Preserve parks that are considered “wild
spaces” like Forest Park, Mt. Tabor and other
2030] “…I'd have light rail from downtown
Portland to OCC to Oregon City, either
traveling down McGlaughlin (without taking
out the trees) or down 82nd avenue, to
park maintenance and improvements in park
deficient areas. Keep parts of the city
'wild,' and work with regional partners
to leverage services.”
fund, and restore greenspaces, watersheds,
wildlife corridors, and agricultural land.”
investments in environmental protection/clean
rivers/healthy fish and wildlife—less
- Eliminate weeds and plants that
threaten the native vegetation of forests
- Require developers to preserve trees when
possible at new construction sites.
- There should be a program that promotes
the preservation of tall trees to sustain
urban animal wildlife.