Coordinator’s Corner – May

By Ben Thompson, Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager Greetings to all my fellow tree advocates! Since the last edition of Tree Link my family and I moved into a “new” house after a lengthy renovation. It’s a lovely older home built in 1947 with mature landscaping and trees that were planted following the initial … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner – May

Urban Tree Canopy and Stormwater Management Handbook, Tours, and Toolkit

By Tara Luckie, Education and Outreach Program Manager at Snohomish Conservation District The Puget Sound region is experiencing an incredible amount of growth and with this surge in development comes more impervious surfaces, more surface water runoff, and significantly fewer trees. Not only does this change our landscape, it also results in the loss of … Continue reading Urban Tree Canopy and Stormwater Management Handbook, Tours, and Toolkit

Faces of Urban Forestry: Josh Petter

Name: Josh Petter Title: Urban Forest Planner, City of Burien Favorite Tree: Yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis), native to the northeastern U.S. It has subtle exfoliating bark that smells of wintergreen. It is a longer-lived birch and forms attractive groves in the mountains, perfect for skiing. What was your path to your current role as a … Continue reading Faces of Urban Forestry: Josh Petter

Pop-up Forest creates a uniquely immersive experience in Tacoma

The City of Tacoma’s Urban Forestry team, Tacoma Tree Foundation, and partners were hard at work over the last several months creating an inspiring, interactive experience to help envision what the Tacoma Mall neighborhood’s built environment could look like with the addition of more trees. With 9% tree canopy cover in comparison to Tacoma’s 20% … Continue reading Pop-up Forest creates a uniquely immersive experience in Tacoma

Happy Arbor Day, Washington!

This year, Washington State’s Arbor Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 13 (scroll down to read the Governor's proclamation!). Later on in the month, the National Arbor Day celebration will be held on Friday, April 29 – marking 150 years of Arbor Day inspiration nationwide! There are many ways to celebrate this historic moment, … Continue reading Happy Arbor Day, Washington!

Urban Forestry Grant Awards Selected for 2022 Funding Cycle

When we opened applications for the largest Urban and Community Forestry grant funding cycle in agency history late last fall, we knew 2022 would be a banner year for our annual grant program, and the DNR UCF team is beyond excited to congratulate the 21 new projects that have been selected to receive funding this … Continue reading Urban Forestry Grant Awards Selected for 2022 Funding Cycle

Tree Cheers to Our Tree City, Campus & Line USA Partners!

As the nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day on April 29, 2022, we also celebrate all of our city, education, and utility partners that received recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation in 2021. Tree City USA - 91 Washington cities qualified  Tree Campus USA – 10 higher education institutions were recognizedTree Line USA … Continue reading Tree Cheers to Our Tree City, Campus & Line USA Partners!

Annual DNR Forest Health Highlights Report

This Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) News Release was originally published on March 31, 2022 and can be viewed here. Overview: Damage caused by extreme temperatures, increased detection of sooty bark disease of maple among key findings of DNR, USFS scientists. The DNR Forest Resilience Division released its annual Forest Health Highlights report following … Continue reading Annual DNR Forest Health Highlights Report

Meet the Spongy Moth (New Name, Same Destructive Insect)

"Spongy moth" has been formally adopted as the new common name for the invasive moth species Lymantria dispar by the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The ESA Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the addition of "spongy moth" to ESA's Common Names of Insects and Related Organisms List, completing a process started in July 2021 when the … Continue reading Meet the Spongy Moth (New Name, Same Destructive Insect)