Activists rally to save ‘mother tree’ in Multnomah Village

Multnomah County

Advocates for keeping the tree say it supports younger trees and biodiversity, is safeguard against climate change and heat

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Concerned neighbors held a rally Saturday in Southwest Portland to save a very old tree.

Activists said the 150-year-old “mother tree” will be cut down to make way for a new development on SW 26th Avenue in Multnomah Village.

A so-called “mother tree” due to be cut down to make way for a development in Multnomah Village. (Angie Tanyi via

The group has gathered more than 1,000 signatures to push the developer — Renaissance Homes — to save the giant fir tree. They rallied at a nearby farmer’s market on Saturday to gather more signatures.

Petition to save ‘mother tree’ in Multnomah Village

“That’s a canopy tree — it’s the mother tree,” explained activist Angie Tanyi who lives in the area. “It reduces the heat in the neighborhood, it provides the root system for a lot of other trees and it’s a really important part of our neighborhood.”

The activists said the developer is unwilling to negotiate.

KOIN 6 News has reached out to Renaissance Homes but has not yet received a response.

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