Focus on: Drought (Timely Tree Tips)

Drought, or the more generic term water stress, has been a big issue for trees in our area, resulting in tree decline and mortality in forests, natural areas, and yards across the region. Starting in 2012, we have had a series of record-setting summers in terms of heat and days without rain. This is taking … Continue reading Focus on: Drought (Timely Tree Tips)

2017 Forest Health Highlights Report

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state. Survey results are compiled … Continue reading 2017 Forest Health Highlights Report

Emerging Issues with Western Hemlock and Douglas-fir

As the seasons change and the weather warms, DNR Forest Health staff tend to get more inquiries about tree health issues across the state. Some issues such as root diseases or Douglas-fir bark beetle mortality are relatively common, while others are less common but equally attention-getting. The latter includes red and dead branches, red and … Continue reading Emerging Issues with Western Hemlock and Douglas-fir

Washington’s 2016 Forest Health Highlights

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state. Survey results are compiled … Continue reading Washington’s 2016 Forest Health Highlights

NGO Coalition Pledges Support for Urban Waters Partnership

The following article originally appeared as a press release. This may be of interest to our partners in South King County in particular, as the Green-Duwamish Watershed is included in the Urban Waters Partnership and several allied urban forestry organizations have pledged their support as members of this coalition:   Release Date: 12/03/2014 Contact Information: Robert … Continue reading NGO Coalition Pledges Support for Urban Waters Partnership

Carbon Policy and Urban Forestry in Washington

Gov. Inslee’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Task Force presented recommendations to the Governor's office on November 17, but what does this have to do with urban and community forestry? The Task Force appears to be leaning toward recommending a cap-and-trade law here in Washington. Here is the quick summary on how cap and trade works: The carbon emissions of … Continue reading Carbon Policy and Urban Forestry in Washington