Wauseka Brown cuts branches off a downed tree in Moore Park. The project helps reduce the risk of major fire damage and creates room for more Ponderosa pines.
- Bellon sees the forest and the trees
Klamath Falls parks superintendent and city forester John Bellon draws on a deep knowledge of trees throughout Oregon.
He grew up in Klamath Falls and later received a degree in landscape development through Lane Community College and University of Oregon.
Bellon’s career was launched in design and construction and the greenhouse industry. He worked in wholesale nurseries before becoming a landscape design contractor in Bend.
Returning to his hometown in 1996, Bellon got his International Society of Arboriculture certification and has been dealing with trees locally ever since.
Bellon describes his knowledge as including the starting and growing of trees, assessing risks and hazards and diagnosing threats of tree diseases and other problems.
“Fortunately, I’ve always been able to consult with the community on how to best care for their trees,” Bellon said.
One way the city forester does this is through tree protection ordinances, a free permit process required for treating trees in public ordinances (often between sidewalks and streets).
Bellon is also a go between for Pacific Power and local residents, making sure the power utility meets its legal requirements but not at the cost of good pruning practices.
“I make sure they don’t hack and run,” Bellon said. But he recognized the required compromise between tree health and cost-efficiency, that ratepayers are probably not interested in paying more for better tree maintenance.
Even if plants and trees are Bellon’s primary expertise, he juggles a variety of job responsibilities that help make the parks department run a little smoother.
Bellon is recently returned from a certification course on pool operations. He and community development director Sandra Fox each received their certification because the city has assumed management of Ella Redkey pool from Harbor Isles Tennis and Fitness Club.
Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:00 am
The expertise of John Bellon has been recognized by a 2013 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Award. Bellon is parks superintendent of operations and maintenance for Klamath Falls, as well as the city forester.
“This year’s award recipients are great examples of inspirational individuals and organizations promoting tree planting and quality tree care, while raising awareness and knowledge about Oregon’s trees and urban and community forests,” said Oregon Community Trees President Allan Wells.
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