This is the third year of our Community Trees seminar program. In 2015, “Asset Management for Community Trees” was most relevant to public works managers, and last year’s “Quality Trees, Quality Cities” spoke primarily to those doing tree work in the field. Nonetheless, an often overheard comment during these seminars was “we should have had our [planning commissioner/city councilor/city manager/department head] at this, because they really need to hear these messages.”

This year’s program uses community trees and forests as a lens through which to view the important, community-wide issue of resilience. We feel this topic is best suited to planners, administrators and other decision-makers, though we expect others will find value in it as well. Here’s a preview of what’s in store for those who attend:

“Cultivating Resilient Communities”

Community trees and green spaces provide tremendous benefits while negative impacts on these natural systems can have consequences for the safety, health and welfare of communities. A new seminar, “Cultivating Resilient Communities,” will explore the many strategies that communities can use to resist, withstand and recover from storms and other landscape-scale threats to their urban forests.

This seminar, developed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban & Community Forestry Program, will focus on how to manage urban trees for increased resilience in the face of threats and challenges. It will also explore how community-wide stewardship of natural resources can help promote a broader sense of environmental, economic and social resilience.



Topics discussed will include:

  • How urban and community forests are threatened by natural and man-made events
  • Connections between natural resource stewardship and community health and welfare
  • Dimensions of risk in the urban forest
  • Planning principles behind community readiness, response and recovery
  • Management strategies to improve resilience of community trees and forests
  • Contributions of citizens, volunteers, non-profits and other organizations to community resilience

The seminar is free to attend.

To reserve a seat at an upcoming seminar, please reply to  no later than 4:00 p.m. on the last Friday prior to the seminar you wish to attend. Please indicate which seminar you will attend (see dates below) and include your name and title. Multiple reservations may be made in one message; please include all names and titles in the body of the message.

Registration is limited to 30 participants. Details including an agenda and parking information will be provided to registrants in the week prior to each seminar. Please forward this announcement to others in your area who might wish to attend.

Join us at this no-cost seminar to learn more about managing your community trees and forests for maximum benefit. At this time the following dates of upcoming seminars may be subject to change:

Richland: Wednesday, June 21, 8:30-12:00

Bellevue: Wednesday, July 19, 8:00-11:30

Spokane: Wednesday, August 16, 8:30-12:00

Mount Vernon: Wednesday, September 13,  8:30-12:00

Olympia: Wednesday, October 4, 8:30-12:00

Wenatchee: Thursday, October 26, 8:30-12:00

Vancouver: This seminar is yet to be scheduled