“Protecting Trees during Construction”

The economic, environmental, and social benefits of trees are well-established; however, trees are vulnerable to negative impacts from construction activities.

A new seminar from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Urban Forestry Program, “Protecting Trees during Construction,” will provide a review of urban development processes and explore common strategies used by communities to protect trees.

Topics discussed will include:

  • How trees are affected by construction
  • The role of ordinances, policies, and standards in tree protection
  • A review of common tree protection techniques
  • Implementation and maintenance of tree protection measures
  • Case studies and/or opinions on the topic from allied professionals*

*The DNR Urban Forestry program is soliciting volunteer guest speakers for each proposed seminar (see below). Urban Foresters, Arborists, Landscape Architects, City Planners, or other experienced professionals are invited submit their ideas for a 30-45 minute presentation. Interested speakers should contact Ben Thompson, DNR Urban Forestry Specialist, no later than April 1, 2019.

The seminar is free to attend. Join us at this no-cost seminar to learn more about managing your community trees and forests for maximum benefit.

Registration is limited to 30 participants, although some locations may accommodate more. 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.

The dates, times, and locations of upcoming seminars are as follows. Clicking the hyperlink for the seminar you wish to attend will take you to an online registration page hosted by Eventbrite:

Poulsbo: Wednesday, May 8th from 8:30-12:30 at Poulsbo City Hall

Richland: Thursday, May 23rd from 8:30-12:30 at the Richland Community Center at Howard Amon Park

Bellevue: Thursday, June 6th from 8:00-12:00 at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Spokane: Wednesday, August 14th, from 8:30-12:30 at the Woodland Center at Finch Arboretum

Vancouver: Thursday, August 29th, from 8:30-12:30 at the Water Resources Education Center

Mount Vernon: Wednesday, September 18th, from 8:30-12:30 at Hillcrest Park Lodge 

Olympia: Thursday, October 10th from 8:30-12:30 at the Olympia Fire Department Main Station

Wenatchee: Thursday, October 24th from 8:30-12:30 at the Confluence Technology Center


Contact the DNR Urban Forestry Program with any questions at urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov.