Oregon Department of Forestry Has Hired a New Urban Forestry Expert to Help Towns Around the State

New Urban Forestry Expert: Brittany Oxford, a community assistance forester who was only just employed by the Oregon Department of Forestry, will be available to help people all around the state of Oregon with concerns that are linked to urban trees beginning in the new year.

Oregon Department of Forestry Has Hired a New Urban Forestry Expert

According to Scott Altenhoff, who works as the Urban Forestry Manager for the ODF, “Brittany will be working closely with representatives from a variety of towns, counties, regional governments, tribal nations, civic and non-profit groups, as well as schools and universities.” She will provide leadership as well as technical support to help enhance green infrastructure and challenges relating to trees.

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According to Altenhoff, Oxford will take the lead role on the urban forestry team in developing and perfecting the administration of the local community forest. These are the following:

  • Promoting the conduct of tree inventories and evaluations
  • Provide examples of policies, strategies, and laws in order to facilitate the establishment of citizen advisory
  • Committees and other forms of community participation
  • Advice on various care methods for urban forests
  • Offering staff members of the agency professional development opportunities

According to Oxford’s research, “climate change and a great many other challenges, such as imported pests and diseases, are having a major impact on urban trees.” “Therefore, I am thrilled to be able to assist people in learning more about their urban forest and the things that they can do to better maintain and improve the trees that are located around them,”

Oregon Department of Forestry Has Hired a New Urban Forestry Expert
Oregon Department of Forestry Has Hired a New Urban Forestry Expert

Oxford’s most recent job was with the Urban Forestry program of the City of Portland, where he assisted with the city’s second street tree census. Before joining ODF, Oxford worked there. Prior to that, she worked at Pistils Nursery in north Portland, where she was responsible for the propagation and care of plants, as well as the interaction with clients, the authoring of a blog on a bimonthly basis, and the management of pests.

In addition, Oxford has a wealth of expertise working in the Rocky Mountain region. She had a research assistant position at the Center for Natural Lands Management during her career. The purpose of this function was to investigate the ecology of pollination in imperiled prairie systems and communicate the findings of the research.

After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University in 2017, she served as an AmeriCorps field botany intern in the state of Arizona for a variety of federal land management organizations. There, she conducted a survey of the regions that had been ravaged by wildfires, gathered and processed the seeds of wild plants for later planting, and checked on the progress of the reseeding process in places where native plant life was being restored.

In the past, she had also worked as a forest monitoring technician for the Landscape Conservation Initiative and as a field research assistant for the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research. Both of these positions gave her valuable expertise in the environmental area. During the latter, she concentrated on pollinator studies, which included the identification of plants and insects.

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Oxford takes over for Katie Lompa, who retired earlier this year after decades of work as a community aid forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Oxford replaces Lompa.

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