Coordinator’s Corner – January 2023

Street trees in Spoakne Valley, WA January 2023 By DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager Ben Thompson Greetings fellow tree advocates, and Happy New Year! I have a feeling that 2023 is going to be an incredible year for Urban & Community Forestry, and here’s why: We are staffing up! You’ve been hearing about … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner – January 2023

Faces of Urban Forestry – Em Roberts

Em Roberts recently joined WA DNR as the Urban Forestry Technician for Western Washington. With years of arboricultural experience, we are thrilled to welcome Em to the team! You can contact Em to say hello or to ask your brewing urban forestry questions at Emily.Roberts@dnr.wa.gov. What is your favorite tree? My favorite individual tree is … Continue reading Faces of Urban Forestry – Em Roberts

City of Kirkland and City Fruit Restore Historic Orchard

In the spring of 2021 the Washington State Department of Natural Resources awarded City of Kirkland a $9,000 Community Forestry Assistance grant to restore health and productivity to a historic orchard at McAuliffe Park with the help of stewardship non-profit partner, City Fruit. McAuliffe Park Orchard. Photo courtesy of City of Kirkland and City Fruit. … Continue reading City of Kirkland and City Fruit Restore Historic Orchard

City of Lakewood Adopts New Tree Ordinance

We have some important tree-news to share. On November 7, 2022, the Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted new tree regulations, including a new Tree Preservation Ordinance, #775, aimed at protecting some of the city’s most significant trees. The new rules go into effect on March 1, 2023, and the City is encouraging residents and contractors … Continue reading City of Lakewood Adopts New Tree Ordinance

Coordinator’s Corner — December 2022

By DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager Ben Thompson It’s been a busy month. November 16 & 17 were two days chock-full of education, inspiration, and idea-sharing at the Arbor Day Foundation’s annual Partners in Community Forestry Conference, held this year in downtown Seattle. I want to thank the Arbor Day Foundation for choosing … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner — December 2022

DNR Urban Forestry Legislative Update

By Will Rubin, Forest Resilience Division Communications Manager with contribution from DNR Policy staff Many Tree Link readers may have recently heard that here at the Washington Department of Natural Resources, our Urban and Community Forestry program has grown from two staffers in 2020 to nine full-time positions spread across the state (hiring still in … Continue reading DNR Urban Forestry Legislative Update

Faces of Urban Forestry – Dr. Molly N. Darr

Dr. Molly N. Darr has recently joined the Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences as a new Extension Forester & Assistant Professor. Previously, Dr. Darr worked as a tree fruit entomologist in Wenatchee, WA, where she provided expertise in entomology, pathology, tree health and management in an orchard setting. Even … Continue reading Faces of Urban Forestry – Dr. Molly N. Darr

The missing piece in the life cycle of most urban trees

By Daria Gosztyla, DNR Urban Forest Inventory & Assessment Specialist Portable sawmills can be used to cut lumber from a tree removed in an urban setting. Photo: Iowa DNR All trees have a life cycle— from a seed grows a sprout, which develops into a sapling. Over many years the tree matures and, finally, it begins … Continue reading The missing piece in the life cycle of most urban trees

Submit your 2022 Tree City USA, Tree Campus and Tree Line applications

The 2022 Tree City USA, Tree Campus Higher Education and Tree Line USA applications and re-applications are now being accepted. Washington applications are due on December 30, 2022, however with the holidays quickly approaching, we strongly encourage you to complete your application sooner than later. The Arbor Day Foundation makes the entire application process available on-line: … Continue reading Submit your 2022 Tree City USA, Tree Campus and Tree Line applications

Faces of Urban Forestry – Julia Kast

Julia Kast recently joined the Washington State DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program as the Evergreen Communities Coordinator. In her new role, Julia will primarily serve as a connector− ensuring that Washington’s communities are supported and celebrated in their urban forestry efforts. More specifically, Julia will lead Tree City USA application reviews, provide more consistent … Continue reading Faces of Urban Forestry – Julia Kast