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Published on February 26, 2024
Portland Commissioner Dan Ryan Extends Fee Waivers for Storm-Related Tree Damage to March 2024Source: City of Portland

The aftermath of January's severe weather continues to sweep Portland, but thanks to Commissioner Dan Ryan, residents have one less headache to contend with. To maintain the aid extended to storm-struck citizens, Ryan's office announced an extension of fee waivers for tree damage until March 8, a report by Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) confirmed.

Battered by January's harsh climactic episodes, property owners were struggling under the financial stress of cleaning up. Initially set to end on February 23, the waiver saw an avalanche of applications, prompting the benevolent extension. Fees for retroactive tree removal or replanting applications are officially off the table until the new deadline, "We know many property owners are experiencing hardships due to the recent storm, and the Commissioner and PP&R want to relieve as much burden as possible," the PP&R statement read.

This lifeline is not just a fiscal break; it also buys precious time for locals. The forestry sector in Portland is currently inundated, and property owners need increased flexibility to get their arboreal affairs in order. Ryan's decision ensures ample opportunity to kick-start the required tree work and navigate the bureaucratic jungle that can often slow recovery efforts.

Need a tree permit? Urban Forestry's got your back now with extended walk-in services. And if digital's your thing, they've streamlined the online process to ensure you're covered, "To better serve people seeking tree permits, Urban Forestry staff continue to offer expanded walk-in services for those who prefer to come in person," PP&R's announcement shared. For queries, just shoot an email to [email protected] or dial 503-823-TREE (8733).

With the storm's scars still etched across Portland, the PP&R team remains on high alert. Roads still demand clearing, and the fallen trees and limbs won't pick themselves up. It's all hands on deck for the Urban Forestry team, which continues to tackle the damage head-on, ensuring safe passage and a quicker return to normalcy for the city's residents.