Welcome to October and (unofficially) Urban Forestry Month!

This is a great time of the year, with brilliant colors heralding the change of seasons, to celebrate trees. We are also looking at changes to the Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) program, and several funding opportunities.

With Sarah filling a temporary role as Assistant Division Manager in DNR’s Resource Protection Division, I am temporarily acting as UCF Program Manager; which is why this is a short-but-sweet Tree Link edition!

We’ve had several inquires about grants recently, so  wanted to make sure to give everyone advanced notice about upcoming opportunities.

When grants are announced at the end of this month, look for two separate applications. In addition to the standard Community Forestry Assistance Grant, we are offering a Community Tree Inventory Grant.

The Inventory grant is different from past funding opportunities and is intended to streamline the data collection process for participating communities. Instead of receiving grant funds to hire a professional inventory specialist through a procurement process,  UCF will send inventory specialists to your community.  Specialists, working under an agreement with UCF, will collect tree  inventory data and provide you with a summary report on the composition, condition and value of your urban forest. The report will give recommendations that can be used to inform and guide future management decisions, and assist in developing management plans;  a project eligible for funding through the Community Forestry Assistance grant.

Watch for grants  to be released at the end of October on our grant resources page, where you can also get ideas for projects or read some successful projects from years past.

Are you interested in restoring natural areas in your community? DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program will provide crews from Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) and Puget SoundCorps to assist with urban forestry activities that help restore urban forests. Check out a story about how Vancouver is taking advantage of WCC assistance to complete projects. Check out DNR’s Urban Forestry Restoration cost share projects and find more information about this new DNR program as you read this month’s edition of Tree Link.

Happy autumn!

Linden Lampman Mead