The Urban Forestry Restoration Project (UFRP) has just launched its fourth year of helping communities in the Puget Sound Basin with boots-on-the-ground assistance with urban forestry maintenance and restoration tasks. Due to changes in funding sources this year, the UFRP has 20 months of crew time available, rather than 30 months as in previous years. There were lots of great applications, indicating strong continuing interest in the program, and crews are fully booked at this time.

Congratulations to this year’s successful applicants*: Anacortes, Arlington, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services, Everett, Gig Harbor, Jefferson County Parks, Kitsap County Parks, Lacey, Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation, Mount Vernon School District, Newberry Hill Heritage Park, Port Angeles, Poulsbo, Puyallup, and Sammamish.

These successful applicants to the program will receive approximately four weeks of Puget SoundCorps crew time. Crew members are trained in urban forestry principles and practices and gain arboricultural training and experience while helping to care for our valuable urban natural resources.

Applications for the 2016-2017 project year will be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2016, so start planning those projects now for next year’s UFRP application!

*Applicants for crew time this year were required to be located within the Puget Sound Basin, and preferential consideration was given to Tree City USA communities (where applicable).