When we opened applications for the largest Urban and Community Forestry grant funding cycle in agency history late last fall, we knew 2022 would be a banner year for our annual grant program, and the DNR UCF team is beyond excited to congratulate the 21 new projects that have been selected to receive funding this cycle!

We received 37 applications requesting a whopping total of $957,000 across two funding pools. Of the $550,000 available – the largest amount offered by UCF for a single grant cycle, we will award 16 projects totaling $405,893 for tree inventories, canopy analyses, management plans, and other similar planning tools. The remaining $143,425 will go to five projects oriented around tree planting, restoration, outreach, education, training, and maintenance work.

Three applications (from Duvall, Everett, and Snohomish) will support the DNR’s Watershed Resilience Plan in Water Resource Inventory Area 7 (WRIA 7), and six applications (WSU, Pierce County, The Lands Council, Everett, Lynnwood and Vancouver) are deemed “Environmental Justice” (EJ) projects for their support of highly impacted communities –census blocks that score an eight or more on the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map. These applications are noted as such in the table below which includes a summary of all awarded applicants and their projects. 

Award Recommendations:

$450k Pool* – Tree Management (inventory, assessment, analysis, prioritization, planning, etc.)

ApplicantFunding RequestMatchLocationDescription
Snohomish$20,000$20,375 SnohomishWRIA 7 award. Comprehensive street and park tree inventory
Olympia/Thurston$40,000$40,000 Thurston countyTree canopy analysis for Thurston County and all incorporated Thurston County cities
Mountlake Terrace$31,400$31,400 Mountlake TerraceTree canopy analysis and planting plan, creation of outreach materials
Everett$39,250$37,300 EverettEJ award. WRIA 7 award. Tree inventory and creation of new interdepartmental UCF program
Twisp$7,425$7,322 TwispUpdated UCF management plan and planting plan for the town
Lynnwood$40,000$36,300 LynnwoodEJ award. Comprehensive canopy analysis of city parks, mapping invasive species cover, creation of a UCF management plan for parks.
Tumwater$25,000$58,200 TumwaterCreating a comprehensive street tree plan
Gig Harbor$39,500$54,500 Gig HarborStreet tree inventory and creation of comprehensive UCF program and management plan.
Millwood$20,000$25,648 MillwoodComprehensive street tree inventory and UCF management plan
Sammamish$36,900$36,900 SammamishStreet and Park Tree Inventory
Vancouver$20,000$29,540 VancouverEJ award. Update to urban forest management plan
Lynden$20,000$20,000 LyndenForest management plan for a newly acquired park/natural area.
Medina$9,928$9,928 MedinaComprehensive street and park tree inventory
Evergreen State College$17,290$17,816 OlympiaCommunity outreach and forest management plan for the campus
Lake Forest Park$14,200$14,214 Lake Forest ParkEvaluation of tree removal trends and landscape change
College Place$25,000$25,557 College PlaceStreet tree inventory
Total$405,893  EJ total: $99,250

$100k Pool* – Other UCF Work (ordinances or policy, planting, restoration, outreach, education, training, and maintenance work)

ApplicantFunding RequestMatchLocationDescription
WSU$40,000$20,000TacomaEJ award. Sooty bark disease vulnerability study in Tacoma
Pierce County$32,500$32,360ParklandEJ award. Tree planting and outreach in an highly impacted community
Underwood CD$18,375$18,375Bingen & White SalmonOutreach on invasive Tree of Heaven as a vector for the invasive Spotted Lanternfly pest. Removal and replacement of Tree of Heaven
The Lands Council$37,200$30,325 SpokaneEJ award. Tree planting and outreach in an highly impacted community
Duvall$15,350$15,350 DuvallWRIA 7 award. Strengthening Duvall’s ordinance about tree protection during development
Total$143,425  EJ total: $109,700

*Applicants may notice we awarded less than what was available in the larger pool and more than what was available in the smaller one. Unfortunately, some projects in the $450K were determined to be un-fundable for various reasons, which meant that we could shift those under-awarded funds to support some really fantastic projects from the 100K pool that might not have otherwise been funded.