With spring in the air and buds forming on the trees, it’s a great chance to look forward to all the great projects the Urban and Community Forestry Program is working on. Many readers will be interested in the opportunities for tree planting grants available to our Tree City USA communities (application can be found on our website). Applications will be reviewed on the last business day of each month, and projects will be awarded until we have reached $100,000. We would love to see a few projects get completed this spring, so if you want to increase the number of trees at your Arbor Day celebration, this is a great opportunity.

We are pleased to announce that additional technical assistance in northwest Washington (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties) is now available under an agreement with the Snohomish Conservation District. Call me for more details. Keep us posted as you plan your Arbor Day events. With 84 Tree City USA communities, 10 Tree Line USA utilities, and 4 Tree Campus USA colleges/universities, we’re going to be very busy. Happy spring! I can be reached at sarah.foster@dnr.wa.gov or by phone at 360-902-1704 if you have questions.

Team UCF (left to right): Nicki EIsfeldt, Leif Fixen, Micki McNaughton, Sarah Foster, Linden Lampman, Garth Davis
Team UCF (left to right): Nicki EIsfeldt, Leif Fixen, Micki McNaughton, Sarah Foster, Linden Lampman, Garth Davis