Coordinators Corner − October 2021

By Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Program Manager, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources Did the temperature in Washington state just suddenly drop by 10 or 12 degrees? Summer was so gracefully stretching into late September, and seemingly out of nowhere its puffy jackets and beanies wherever I go. I’ll bet many of you working from … Continue reading Coordinators Corner − October 2021

October is Urban & Community Forestry Month!

By Daria Gosztyla, Urban Forestry Projects & Outreach Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee officially proclaimed October as “Urban and Community Forestry Month” in Washington for the ninth consecutive year, encouraging all Washingtonians to reflect on the value of our community trees and appreciate their beauty and benefits. Read the … Continue reading October is Urban & Community Forestry Month!

State Officials Ask for Public’s Help in Tracking the Invasive Tree-of-Heaven

This article is republished as it was originally posted on September 29, 2021 on the WA Invasive Species Website here. Photograph courtesy of the Washington Noxious Weed Control Board OLYMPIA–State agencies are asking the public to report an invasive tree called tree-of-heaven throughout October to help prevent the introduction of a harmful insect, the spotted … Continue reading State Officials Ask for Public’s Help in Tracking the Invasive Tree-of-Heaven

New Tools for Urban Trees

By Hannah Kett, Cities Program Manager at The Nature Conservancy and Daria Gosztyla, Urban Forestry Projects & Outreach Specialist at Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources Funding from the USDA Forest Service Urban Forestry Program, administered through the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program, supported The Nature Conservancy, Davey Resource Group, American Forests and City … Continue reading New Tools for Urban Trees

Bigleaf maple decline tied to hotter, drier summers in Washington

This article is republished as it was originally posted on September 30, 2021 on the UW News Website here. As its name suggests, the bigleaf maple tree’s massive leaves are perhaps its most distinctive quality. A native to the Pacific Northwest’s wet westside forests, these towering trees can grow leaves up to 1.5 feet across … Continue reading Bigleaf maple decline tied to hotter, drier summers in Washington

Coordinators Corner − September 2021

Since 1991, the DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program has only had two, full-time permanent employees. We supplemented our staffing over the years in different ways, such as pursuing grants to fund special project coordinators, hiring contractors with pass-through funding, and even hiring some existing DNR staff for part-time or temporary work. Flashback! A photo … Continue reading Coordinators Corner − September 2021

Faces of Urban and Community Forestry: Jess Lloyd

Jess Lloyd recently joined the Washington State DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program as the Urban and Community Forestry Specialist. We’re excited for the experience, perspective, and enthusiasm she’s bringing to the position and program. Read more about Jess below. What is your favorite tree? Auracaria angustifolia (also known as Brazilian Pine or Parana Pine) … Continue reading Faces of Urban and Community Forestry: Jess Lloyd

2021 Tree City USA applications now being accepted

The 2021 Tree City USA, Tree Campus Higher Education and Tree Line USA applications and re-applications are now being accepted. The Arbor Day Foundation makes the entire application process available on-line. The DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program is responsible for reviewing Tree City USA applications from Washington communities to ensure that submitted information is current … Continue reading 2021 Tree City USA applications now being accepted

Washington Community Forestry Council Seeking New Members

The Washington Community Forestry Council (WCFC) is a statewide advisory council comprised of volunteer members representing diverse perspectives on urban forestry in Washington state. Their purpose is to help support the mission of DNR’s Urban & Community Forestry Program* and advise the Commissioner of Public Lands and DNR on statewide issues pertaining to urban and … Continue reading Washington Community Forestry Council Seeking New Members

Forest Literacy Framework helps youth connect with trees

Project Learning Tree, an environmental education program, has released a new tool to share information on forests and forest management with young people. The Forest Literacy Framework translates the complex language of forests, trees, forest practices and sustainable forest management into concepts that emphasize the critical role trees play in our everyday lives. The new tool is designed to increase people’s understanding of … Continue reading Forest Literacy Framework helps youth connect with trees