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Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Resources and Updates


Fellow Eastmoreland Neighbors, There is a blizzard of coverage in the media, but you will likely find reliable information updates in the following four links. The City of Portland link includes information and guidance for accessing services, closures, and local governance. The Multnomah County, Oregon Health Authority, and CDC sites address health issues related to Covid-19. 

Please be vigilant in adhering to statewide guidance for protecting yourself and especially those around you. Keep in mind that even if you feel great, you may be a carrier and if exercising vigorously (like running) your physical distance from others should be increased. Together we will slow the contagion and survive to see the other side of this world-wide pandemic.

With Appreciation, ENA Board of Directors, Rod Merrick President

Visiting the Reed College Campus:

211 Info. 211info connects people with health and social service organizations:

Portland NET (Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team) Coordinator’s File Cabinet:

City of Portland Coronavirus Covid-19 Information and Resources:

Multnomah County Coronavirus Covid-19 website:

Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Covid-19 Updates:

Centers for Disease Control website:

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ENA Board Meeting, Thursday, April 16th, 7-9 PM. Due to the coronavirus crisis, this meeting will be held via online video for board and audio for members by request

To request invitation, please send email to meeting host: vicepresident@eastmorelandpdx.org

DRAFT AGENDA   (click here for a printable PDF)

6:55   Sign-in, participant identification (5 minutes)

7:00   Introductions

7:05   Approval of Agenda – Board

7:07   Approval of Meeting Notes – Review andadoption of March minutes.  Dinah Adkins.

7:10   Treasurer’s Quarter 1 Report. David Dowell (5min)

7:15   Green Spaces Maintenance Funding Task Force –  Tree Health Assessment– Bauman (5 min)

7:20   Covid-19 Response – open discussion of needed ENA actions. (10 min)

7:25   Reset ENA Garage Sale and Neighborhood Cleanup timelines. Paul Henson for (Amy Reiersgaard), Matt Morovsky (5 min)

7: 30  Nominations Committee Update (10 min)

7:40  Elections Committee Update (10 min)

7:50  Options for Annual Meeting (10 min)

8:00 Committee Reports

  • Communications Committee Report – Kristiana Nelson, Andy Payne (10 min)
    • ENA Newsletter –Joe Dudman
    • Enewsletter: Communicating agenda and adopted minutes
    • Facebook and eblast and eNewsletter assignments
    • Communications policy acknowledgements
  • Historic District: Rule making update if any. Rod Merrick (2 minutes)
  • Schools Committee- Matt Timberlake and George Bengtson(5 min)
  • Development Committee Task Force – Action Planupdate–  Paul  Henson (5 min)
  •  Welcoming Committee –Carlson and Warner (5 min)
  • SEUL Board Report –  Christian Solsby   (5 min)
  • SEUL Land  Use and Transportation (meeting suspended) – Lila Brightbill (0 min)
  • Transportation/Parking/Sidewalks. Web presence. Russ Monson (5 min)
  • Tree Committee – Tree Team at al.(10 minutes)
    • 100 Tree for 100 years implementation plan update
    • Large canopy tree implementation update
  • Land Use Committee –  Rod Merrick (10 minutes)
    • Multnomah NA vs Portland –Oregon Supreme Court Appeal
    • Notices and requested comment from City
    • Land Use – New Issues Discussion

8:55       Final Comments and Adjourn

Agenda Requests for May; To request a topic for listing on the Draft Agenda, please contact communications@eastmorelandpdx.org 14 days prior to the Board Meeting date. To receive notice of the agenda by email, please go to the ENA webpage eastmorelandPDX.org, scroll down and enter your name and email. In accordance with our 2018 Communications Policy, this email list is used only to communicate with our members. Thank you.

Meetings on the Reed College Campus have been cancelled for the month of April.

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100 Trees for 100 Years: Planting the first 100 to Thrive

Planting 100 trees is the first step in a street tree succession plan– a campaign to unite the neighborhood and foster community norms and inspire individual actions that will sustain an optimal street tree canopy through time—preserving valuable existing trees, filling empty planting spaces, and replacing dead, dying, or dangerous trees.  Overall, the plan is based on best practices as defined by professional municipal arborists.  It also includes education and outreach to neighbors, and the selection and purchase of choice nursery stock.  The aim is not only to plant trees, but also to create strategies that ensure that property owners, whatever their personal preferences, now and in the future, act in the interests of the community’s canopy—making sure not only these first 100 trees but also successive hundreds thrive for their life-spans—100 years and more. 

Scope of planting campaign

The target audience is comprised of individuals who own individual properties that will change hands over the lifetime of the trees.  Since the Eastmoreland Golf Course and Reed College are expected to remain in city and college ownership, respectively, the campaign focuses on the residential portion of Eastmoreland as its geographic area.  The target tree spaces are those in non-development covered by the programmatic planting permit that Urban Forestry issues to Friends of Trees, our partner in the planting. 

Actions in the campaign—

The first planting of the 100 trees will require three main efforts leading up to the planting.

  1. Education and Outreach efforts, including, but not limited to the following mentioned by past and current board members:
    1. presentations regarding available trees
    1. 4th of July outreach
    1. newletter articles, person-to-person conversations
    1. strategies and materials to make sure maintaining the trees becomes the neighborhood norm
  2. Research and funding with which to secure the trees on the lists endorsed by the neighborhood.
  3. Tree lists, specific to the neighborhood, which are designed to change when conditions warrant based on the following organizational principles: 
    1. Diversity metric used by municipal arborists nationwide:  no more than 5% of one species, 10% of one genus, and 20% of one family in a population of trees to reduce risks, or replacement on the list when pests and diseases or a failure to thrive threatens a tree type
    1. Right tree-right place metric used to ensure that long-lived trees with as large a canopy volume as possible are planted in appropriately sized in-ground and overhead spaces 
    1. Division of the neighborhood into north-south and east-west lists that we adopted in response to the ENA board wishing to honor original planting decisions.

Addendum:  Tree Lists

Recommended Trees for East-West Streets
Common Name of Tree Genus, Species (Family) Height x Width (note)
8′ & wider strip, no high-voltage wires
Accolade Elm Ulmus japonica x Ulmus wilsoniana ‘Morton’ (Ulmaceae) 70 x 60′
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipfera (Magnoliaceae) 80 x 40′
Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata (Cupressaceae) 100 x 30′
8′ & wider strip with high-voltage wires (same entries as 6 – 8′ strip with high-voltage wires)
American Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana (Betulaceae) 35 x 35′
Cascara Rhamnus purshiana (Rhamnaceae) 30 x 25′
Lavelle Hawthorne Cratageous x lavallei (Rosaceae) 30 x 25′
6 – 8′ strip, no high-voltage wires
Kentucky Coffee Tree Gymnocladus dioicus ‘Espresso’ (Fabaceae) 60 x 40′ (male, no seeds)
London Plane Platanus x acerifolia ‘Columbia’ (Plantanaceae) 60 x 35′
Willow Oak Quercus phellos (Fagaceae) 50 x 35′
6 – 8′ strip with high-voltage wires
American Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana  (Betulaceae) 35 x 35′
Cascara Rhamnus purshiana (Rhamnaceae) 30 x 25′
Lavelle Hawthorne Cratageous x lavallei (Rosaceae) 30 x 25′
4 – 5.9′ strip, no high-voltage wires
Bamboo Leaf Oak Quercus myrsinifolia (Fagaceae) 40 x 30′
Dove Tree Davidia involucrata (Cornaceae) 60 x 30′
Forest Green Oak Quercus frainetto ‘Schmidt’ (Fagaceae) 50 x 30′
4 – 5.9′ strip with high-voltage wires
American Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana (Betulaceae) 35 x 35′
Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis (Lauraceae) 30 x 20′
Cascara Rhamnus purshiana (Rhamnaceae) 30 x 25′
3.0 – 3.9′ strip with or without high-voltage wires
Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica (Lythraceae) 20 x 20′
Japanese Snowbell Styrax japonicus (Syracaceae) 25 x 25′
Japanese Tree Lilac Syringa reticulata (Oleaceae) 25 x 20′
Recommended Trees for North-South Streets
Common Name of Tree Genus, Species (Family) Height x Width (note)
8′ & wider strip, no high-voltage wires
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Cupressaceae Sequoiodeae) 75 x 30′
Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii (Pinaceae) 100 x 40′
Hogan Cedar Thuja plicata ‘Hogan’ (Cupressaceae) 100 x 20′
8′ & wider strip with high-voltage wires (same entries as 6 – 8′ strip with high-voltage wires)
Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis (Anacardiaceae) 30 x 30′
Persian Ironwood Parrotia persica (Hamamelidaceae) 35 x 20′
Pink Dawn Chitalpa Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Pink Dawn’ (Bignoniaceae) 25 x 25′
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana ‘Jim Wilson’ (Magnoliaceae) 30 x 35′
6 – 8′ strip, no high-voltage wires
American Yellowwood Cladastrus kentuckea (Fabaceae) 45 x 40′
Heritage Birch Betula nigra ‘Heritage’ (Betulaceae) 50 x 40′
Shumard Oak Quercus shumardii (Fagaceae) 50 x 40′
6 – 8′ strip with high-voltage wires
Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis (Anacardiaceae) 30 x 30′
Persian Ironwood Parrotia persica (Hamamelidaceae) 35 x 20′
Pink Dawn Chitalpa Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Pink Dawn’ (Bignoniaceae) 25 x 25′
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana ‘Jim Wilson’ (Magnoliaceae) 30 x 35′
4 – 5.9′ strip, no high-voltage wires
Dura-Heat River Birch Betula nigra ‘Dura-Heat’ (Betulaceae) 40 x 30′
Pacific Madrone Arbutus menziesii (Ericaceae) 40 x 35′
Turkish Filbert Corylus columa (Betulaceae) 40 x 30′
4 – 5.9′ strip with high-voltage wires
Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis (Anacardiaceae) 30 x 30′
Persian Ironwood Parrotia persica (Hamamelidaceae) 35 x 20′
Pink Dawn Chitalpa Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Pink Dawn’ (Bignoniaceae) 25 x 25′
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana ‘Jim Wilson’ (Magnoliaceae) 30 x 35′
3.0 – 3.9′ strip with or without high-voltage wires
Butterflies Magnolia Magnolia acuminata ‘Butterflies’ (Magnoliaceae) 20 x 15′
Fragrent Snowbell Styrax obassia (Styracaceae) 35 x 35′ (flowers hidden)
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Historic District Update 7/3/2018

Dear Neighbors,

The National Park Service (NPS) issued a letter dated June 29, 2018 addressed to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) once again returning the Eastmoreland HD nomination to the State for prejudicial error. This is the second time that the SHPO failed to provide an accurate count of owners and objectors – this time because of the failure to discover and follow state and federal law regarding the recognition of 5,000 trust entities formed by four households. These 5,000 trusts were designed to overwhelm those in the neighborhood in support of the nomination and to make a mockery of the process of forming a historic district.

To the disappointment of many, the NPS declined to override the Oregon SHPO recommendation to count the objection trusts and provide an independent count of the legitimate objections. Instead the NPS chose to highlight the failure of the SHPO to perform due diligence in determining the validity of the trusts as legitimate entities or, if legal, legitimately empowered to represent the interests of the neighborhood district. Earlier in June, Historic Eastmoreland Achieving Results Together (HEART) filed an a Petition for Judicial Review on similar grounds.

In returning the nomination, the NPS letter highlights some 300 letters of objection to the SHPO decision including legal opinions, national and regional preservation organizations, and the National Trust. The NPS reiterates that in every respect both the SHPO and the NPS support the nomination.  Further, the NPS notes that “If the five property owners at issue had not created the 5,000 trusts, and had instead been counted as five (5) owners with five (5) objections, it appears that a majority of the private property owners would not have objected to listing.” Also included is a quote from the National Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation that recognition of these trusts “threaten to make a sham of this reasonable process and jeopardize the entire underpinnings of the National Register historic district designations.”

The full text of the NPS letter may be found on the SHPO website as follows: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/docs/eastmoreland-nps-letter-20180629.pdf

The SHPO provided a press release July 2 concluding “The Oregon SHPO will develop a plan to respond to the NPS.” There is no time stipulated either for the development of a “plan” or a time to respond. Parallel legal actions, other historic districts impacted by the SHPO decision, and the rebuke from NPS may spur a response. Proposed adoption of the Residential Infill Project is less than a year away. Until the historic district is in place, the historic character of the neighborhood remains increasingly vulnerable including speculative demolitions on larger lots and loss of Eastmoreland’s more affordable houses.

Rod Merrick, Board President
Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association

A Message from Reed College (re: the Coronavirus crisis)

Dear Reed Neighbors,

We want to thank all our neighbors who are sharing campus while respecting the social-distancing guidance and obeying our leash rules. Thanks for helping to keep everyone safe.

Because campus is seeing increased use, we have initiated a few new temporary rules that will take the whole community to help implement. We have made the canyon trail one-direction only. We are directing all foot traffic to move clockwise on the trail. Signs have been placed all around the trail directing walkers and joggers, and reminding them to maintain a distance of 6-feet from other parties.

We have also made the canyon bridge that crosses near Eliot hall to the residence halls a single lane. There are signs at either end instructing crossers to let those who are already on the bridge exit before the next party enters.

The serpentine bridge near Reed’s newer dorms is wide enough to allow for safe social distancing. Reed is glad we can provide a space for neighbors to come together while staying apart. We are all in this together and it will take all our cooperation to make it work.

Thanks for your continued cooperation!