It has already been a busy year for the UCF program, and it looks like it won’t slow down, which is a good thing… Legislation for SHB2768 to provide funding for the Evergreen Community Act has taken precedence over all else this season. Thanks to DNR’s policy team and the bill sponsors, it is still … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner — March
As you many of you may recall going back to 2018, DNR's Urban Forestry Program encouraged our program constituents to sign up for the American Grove, a website dedicated to the sharing of information between urban forestry professionals and tree enthusiasts across the United States. Unfortunately, shortcomings in the website's design and functionality were too … Continue reading The New and Improved American Grove
“Urban Forest Pest Readiness” A single detected invasive pest can, and often does, indicate the presence of a much larger population. The worst of these pests can have costly, irreversible and lasting impacts to the forests they infest. Cities and towns are uniquely vulnerable to pest infestations where local governments and private property owners typically … Continue reading New Seminar for 2020: Urban Forest Pest Readiness
Grant Funded Projects in 2020 Community Forestry Assistance Grants: 12 project proposals, $172,868 requested; 6 projects, $94,488 funded. Community Engagement and Planning Grant: 9 project proposal, $109,250.00 requested, $30,834.00 funded. The funded projects are listed below:
Ninety-five cities and towns across Washington have earned the Tree City USA Award. Also getting honors are the 13 Tree Line USA Utility Companies and 13 Tree Campus USA Colleges and Universities in the state. Tree Campus USA Awards: DNR is pleased to announce that 13 institutions of higher education in Washington have been awarded … Continue reading Congrats to our 2019 Tree City, Line, & Campus USA Partners!
Avid Tree Link readers may recall our announcement of the "Urban Forest Pest Readiness Playbook", back in November, 2019, in partnership with the Washington Invasive Species Council, The playbook is a tool to prepare communities for potential outbreaks of invasive pests through self-assessments of readiness, as well as suggested follow-up actions to improve readiness. It … Continue reading Tree Inventory Data Needed for State Pest Readiness Work
Last month we highlighted many of the partners and projects with which we are working to deliver DNR’s Urban Forestry Program goals. Not mentioned was Washington State University Extension (Extension). But this organization and the passionate staff have been top notch partners for many years. It’s been a long time coming, but it is a … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner — February