Achieving Healthy Eastern Washington Forests within 20 Years

Throughout the western United States, including Washington state, the health of our forests has been in decline for several decades. This means that our forests are less able to provide ecological functions, less sustainable, less resilient, less able to meet land manager objectives and less resistant to invasive species, insects, diseases and fire. How We … Continue reading Achieving Healthy Eastern Washington Forests within 20 Years

Timely Tree Tips — Understanding Pioneer Species

Trees like alders, poplars, birches and willows are dubbed “pioneer species” in forestry. They earn that nickname for often being the first trees to colonize sites disturbed or damaged by landslides, fires, floods or clear cuts. Pioneer species grow rapidly and establish new canopies faster than competing vegetation. They can mature at a young age … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Understanding Pioneer Species

Connecting Washington’s Urban Forestry Community

If you never heard of the WATREETALK Listserv, its probably because we never formally advertised it. The listserv was a tool to help Washington's urban forestry advocates stay connected. The details of how it worked aren't important because the service is shutting down on December 15. The good news is that we are migrating to … Continue reading Connecting Washington’s Urban Forestry Community

Commissioner Franz Answers the Ultimate Holiday Question: Real vs. Fake?

Every holiday season there are debates about which is the better choice – a real or artificial Christmas tree. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary S. Franz has the definitive answer. “Hands down – you have to go with a real tree,” says Hilary. “Supporting small business tree farms across the state directly contributes to your local economy. … Continue reading Commissioner Franz Answers the Ultimate Holiday Question: Real vs. Fake?

Coordinator’s Corner — November

To me, the month of November always brings thankfulness to mind. Thankfulness for family, friends, community and, of course, trees. There is plenty to be thankful for when it comes to our community and urban forests. By now, Tree Link readers should be well aware of the multitude of benefits and co-benefits attributed to trees. … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner — November

2018 Community Forestry Grants; A Special Opportunity for Small Communities

The DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program is pleased to announce our grant program for 2018. For this round of grants, we have separated the pool of applicants for Community Forestry Assistance Grants into two groups based on population and tweaked the application process for the smallest communities. Community Forestry Assistance (CFA) Grants (download the … Continue reading 2018 Community Forestry Grants; A Special Opportunity for Small Communities