Trees are important assets in our communities with well-established economic, environmental, and social benefits; 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
  • Decision-making for tree protection

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 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Poulsbo City Hall

Richland: Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Richland Community Center at Howard Amon Park

Bellevue: Thursday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Spokane: Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Woodland Center at Finch Arboretum

Vancouver: Thursday, Aug. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center

Mount Vernon: Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Park Lodge 

Olympia: Thursday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Olympia Fire Department Main Station

Wenatchee: Thursday, Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Confluence Technology Center


Contact the DNR Urban Forestry Program with any questions at