“Those young trees really need to be pruned.”

“We ordered 250 replacement street trees; how will we get those all in the ground next winter?”

“Help! English ivy is choking our forested parks to death!”

“Good grief, how do we handle this 20-foot-tall Himalayan blackberry?!”

Do any of these sound familiar to you? If so, help is available through the Urban Forestry Restoration Project. The Urban Forestry Restoration Project (UFRP) provides Puget SoundCorps crews to local governments or organizations to assist with urban forest maintenance and restoration tasks on public lands such as parks, rights-of-way, and forested open space. The young men and women who staff the crews are trained in tree identification, best practices for planting and pruning, and field-tested methods for removal and control of invasive plant species.

Crew member Hannah Campbell battles blackberries in Arlington WA. Photo by Christopher Andersson

Crew assistance is requested through an application process; successful applicants receive approximately four weeks of crew time that roughly correspond to calendar months. The project year begins on October 1, 2016, and runs through June 30, 2017. Proposed projects must lie within the Puget Sound Basin and must be on publicly-owned land. Applications are evaluated and ranked according to criteria that include:

  • Local commitment to urban forestry;
  • Water quality impacts and community benefits;
  • Project planning and coordination; and
  • Public support and volunteer involvement.

Applications for crew time will be accepted from June 1 through June 30, 2016. Excellent work by crews in previous years has increased demand for their services. Crew time is limited, however, and we anticipate that this year’s application process will be highly competitive.

More information and application forms are available online.