Coordinators Corner – June

A monthly message from Ben Thompson, Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager Greeting fellow tree advocates! Washington is known for its rainy weather, but this is getting a little ridiculous, don’t you think? I’m ready for summer.  Here at the DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program we have a lot of expectations for this summer, … Continue reading Coordinators Corner – June

Faces of Urban Forestry: Drew Lyons

Drew Lyons recently joined the Washington State DNR Forest Resilience Division as a GIS Analyst. Drew will be working closely with the DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program by helping the program identify priority regions for the implementation of urban forestry activities, helping to standup a statewide Urban Forest Inventory & Analysis (UFIA) program, implementing … Continue reading Faces of Urban Forestry: Drew Lyons

The Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Toolkit

By Hannah Kett, Urban Program Director at The Nature Conservancy. This article is republished as it was originally posted on May 13, 2022. Trees help clean the water flowing into streams, rivers and Puget Sound, help purify the air people breathe, lower the temperature of surrounding neighborhoods—and so much more. As Puget Sound cities and … Continue reading The Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Toolkit

Timely Tree Tips: Rainfall interception in urban areas

These large London plane trees along the waterfront in Poulsbo, WA help intercept and slow down rain water. This spring we have been encountering some extraordinary rainy weather. Since March we have been hearing about the rain setting records throughout Washington—for instance, in the entire month of June, Seattle usually averages 1.45 inches of rain. … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips: Rainfall interception in urban areas

Urban Tree Canopy and Stormwater Management Handbook, Tours, and Toolkit

By Tara Luckie, Education and Outreach Program Manager at Snohomish Conservation District The Puget Sound region is experiencing an incredible amount of growth and with this surge in development comes more impervious surfaces, more surface water runoff, and significantly fewer trees. Not only does this change our landscape, it also results in the loss of … Continue reading Urban Tree Canopy and Stormwater Management Handbook, Tours, and Toolkit

Faces of Urban Forestry: Josh Petter

Name: Josh Petter Title: Urban Forest Planner, City of Burien Favorite Tree: Yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis), native to the northeastern U.S. It has subtle exfoliating bark that smells of wintergreen. It is a longer-lived birch and forms attractive groves in the mountains, perfect for skiing. What was your path to your current role as a … Continue reading Faces of Urban Forestry: Josh Petter

Pop-up Forest creates a uniquely immersive experience in Tacoma

The City of Tacoma’s Urban Forestry team, Tacoma Tree Foundation, and partners were hard at work over the last several months creating an inspiring, interactive experience to help envision what the Tacoma Mall neighborhood’s built environment could look like with the addition of more trees. With 9% tree canopy cover in comparison to Tacoma’s 20% … Continue reading Pop-up Forest creates a uniquely immersive experience in Tacoma