Washington State Governor Jay Inslee officially proclaimed October as “Urban and Community Forestry Month” in Washington for the eighth consecutive year, encouraging all Washingtonians to reflect on the value of community trees and appreciate their beauty and benefits. Read the proclamation here.
During this time of year our urban forests, planted with native and non-native trees, provide a unique array of colors and connect us with the spirit of nature— painting our communities with the warm tones of autumn— orange, red and purple and remind us that planting new trees can always provide hope for a better tomorrow.
There’s plenty you can do to stay connected and celebrate trees all month long. Be sure to share these resources and opportunities with others.
Take a walk or drive to enjoy the changing colors!
How many urban tree species can you name just by their fall color? Fall is a very fun time to expand and challenge your deciduous tree identification skills. Read our article on fall foliage to see if you can find these 5 featured species in your neighborhood.
Plant a Tree
Autumn is the perfect season to plant trees in Washington state thanks to cool days and the return of rainy weather. Many cities hold tree planting events or tree giveaway events in the fall or you can simply visit your local nursery and purchase a new tree for your yard. Be sure to take into consideration the Right Tree, Right Place principals any time you are selecting a tree species.
Fun fact: Did you know our Urban Forest Projects and Outreach Specialist Daria coordinated the planting of thousands of trees in parks, school yards and ROW tree lawns in Michigan following the emerald ash borer epidemic? She is one of our program’s go-to contacts if you require help selecting tree species for plantings.
Attend the PNW ISA Conference
Although the conference already started, there is still time to register for many a la carte sessions through the rest of the month.
This year’s ATC ’20 has been transformed into a 100% online Virtual Adventure. Led by ATC Committee Chairs Katie Kosanke and Angel Spell, this year’s theme is Canopy Connections: Advancing Equity, Wellness & Community in Arboriculture. What can you expect from this year’s virtual adventure? A variety of programs, 40 CEU opportunities, flexibility (a la carte registration), the ability to view at your leisure until November 30, 2020. Find out more here.
Explore New Resources
- Pest Readiness Playbook: a tool to prepare communities for potential pest outbreaks through self-assessments and recommended actions.
- Vibrant Cities Lab new Climate and Health Action Guide: This builds on the NIACS adaptation workbook, incorporating human health and carbon mitigation concepts for urban forests use.
- Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives: a new educational campaign website launched: sponsored by the Southern Group of State Foresters shows us how our health can be connected to the trees in our communities.
WSU Extension Webinars
Learn from home through multiple Extension Forestry webinars covering topics like tree planting, wildlife enhancements, root rot, wildfire, forest products, and more! No new webinars are scheduled at this time, but check out the recordings of previous sessions at the Extension Forestry website.
Register for other upcoming forestry conferences
Attend the Society of American Foresters Conference Oct 29-31 (virtual)
2020 Washington Weed and Invasive Species Conference November 3-6 (virtual)
Register for the annual Partners in Community Forestry Conference Nov 18-19 (virtual)