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

We are pleased to announce that the Urban Forestry Restoration Project will be accepting applications for Puget SoundCorps crew assistance from June 1 through June 30, 2016.

Applications will not be accepted before June 1 or after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. The 2016-2017 application form and supporting information is available online at www.dnr.wa.gov/ufrp.

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project (UFRP), now entering its fifth year, is generating increasing interest and we believe this year’s application process will be highly competitive. Be thorough, succinct and persuasive to make your application as compelling as possible.

The application is designed to be simple and concise, however the details of your application are very important. Here are a few tips for drafting your applications:

  • The more we know about how the project work is planned and how it will be cared for after the crew’s work is finished, the better. Describe how the crew’s work will help accomplish goals, who will be in charge on a daily basis, acquisition of any materials necessary to complete the work, ongoing stewardship, etc. Supplemental materials such as maps and project descriptions add important contextual detail to the application.
  • Tell us, in a few sentences, how project work will support the larger goals of your community as expressed through a comprehensive document such as an Urban Forestry Management Plan or Comprehensive Plan. This might also include stormwater management objectives, which are especially important to the UFRP.
  • We encourage volunteer stewardship to help take care of urban trees and forests. List not only any groups that may be currently active, but also groups that may be potential sources of volunteers. This section will be stronger if there’s a brief description of how potential volunteer partners will be recruited and engaged in site stewardship.

Remember, although non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are eligible to apply for crew assistance, project work must occur on publicly-owned land. If the applicant is an NGO, a current letter of permission and support from the underlying land owner (city, county, state, tribe, PUD) must accompany the application.

The application is a fillable PDF form; text boxes will accept more text than fits within the space indicated. The text boxes will not expand; rather, a slider bar will appear to the right of the box, indicating to the reader that additional text is contained in the space.

The entire application process is designed to be done electronically via email. Hardcopy/paper applications will NOT be accepted.

Questions about the program or the application process can be directed to the Urban Forestry Restoration Project Coordinator, Micki McNaughton at (360) 902-1637 or micki.mcnaughton@dnr.wa.gov.

Thank you for your continuing support for the Urban Forestry Restoration Project and for caring for—and about—your community’s trees!