A WCC crew working in Clark County stands next to a full truck and dumpster load of English ivy removed from a restoration site.
A WCC crew working in Clark County stand next to a full truck and dumpster load of English ivy removed from a restoration site.

Applications for Puget SoundCorps crew assistance will be accepted from June 1 through June 30, 2016; application deadline is 4:00 p.m., June 30. More information and current forms to use is available online on the Urban Forestry Restoration Project (UFRP) webpage.

As we mentioned in last month’s Tree Link, crew time for the coming year is limited. Here are a few tips to make your application as competitive as possible:

  • Use the correct form. Make sure that your application is on the 2016-2017 form. Visit the UFRP webpage if you need a current form. An application guidance document is also available on the webpage for further assistance.
  • Indicate if you are a non-governmental organization (NGO). Although NGO’s are eligible to apply for crew assistance, the project work must occur on publicly owned land. NGO applicants must provide a current letter of permission and support from the underlying land owner (city, county, state, tribe, public utility district) must accompany their applications.
  • Describe your project fully. 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; whether you will need to acquire necessary materials to complete the work; and how you will manage ongoing stewardship. Supplemental materials such as maps and project descriptions add important contextual detail to the application.
  • Connect to community goals. Tell us in a few sentences how project work will support the larger goals of your community; those goals are typically expressed through a comprehensive document such as an urban forestry management plan or comprehensive plan. These community goals might also include stormwater management objectives, which are especially important to the UFRP.
  • Outline volunteer recruitment. We encourage volunteer stewardship to help take care of urban trees and forests. In addition to listing groups that are currently active, list groups that may be potential sources of volunteers. This section will be stronger if you include a brief description of how potential volunteer partners will be recruited and engaged in site stewardship.
  • Submit electronically. Hardcopy/paper applications will NOT be accepted.
  • Convince us. Be thorough, succinct and persuasive to make your application as compelling as possible.

Applications will be reviewed by the committee in July, and successful applicants will be notified before the month’s end.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Micki McNaughton, Urban and Community Forestry Program Special Project Coordinator, at 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!