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

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

Meet the Spongy Moth (New Name, Same Destructive Insect)

"Spongy moth" has been formally adopted as the new common name for the invasive moth species Lymantria dispar by the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The ESA Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the addition of "spongy moth" to ESA's Common Names of Insects and Related Organisms List, completing a process started in July 2021 when the … Continue reading Meet the Spongy Moth (New Name, Same Destructive Insect)

Urban Tree Canopy Data Now Available for Download

Is your community located in Snohomish, Pierce, or King County? If so, please reach out to Jess Lloyd (Jessica.Lloyd@dnr.wa.gov) for an exciting opportunity to learn about New Tools for Urban Trees available to understand and grow your city’s urban tree canopy cover. Funding from the USDA Forest Service Urban Forestry Program, administered through the Washington … Continue reading Urban Tree Canopy Data Now Available for Download

Partners in Community Forestry Conference Coming to Seattle in 2022

Last week, the Arbor Day Foundation officially announced that the 2022 Partners in Community Forestry Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington on November 16 – 17. We are thrilled for the conference to be held in our home state of Washington this year. Please mark your calendars—you won’t want to miss the event! Registration … Continue reading Partners in Community Forestry Conference Coming to Seattle in 2022

Invasive Species Awareness Week: 2/28 – 3/4

This year, National Invasive Species Awareness Week is February 28 through March 4.  A multiagency news release will be sent out the week of February 22 highlighting the week and events to a statewide audience. The invasive emerald ash borer (right) and Asian long-horned beetle (left) are two pests that pose a great risk to … Continue reading Invasive Species Awareness Week: 2/28 – 3/4

Tree City USA Bulletins & Resources

Annual Tree City USA applications for Washington communities were due on December 1. Did your community submit their 2021 application? If not, you can still do so, email Jessica.Lloyd@dnr.wa.gov for more information. To help cities maintain and grow their tree cover, the Arbor Day Foundation has published more than 100 Tree City USA Bulletins on … Continue reading Tree City USA Bulletins & Resources

Tacoma Community Forestry Story Map: The Intersection of Trees, Equity, and Human Health

The City of Tacoma has released their new Community Forestry Map. This is a unique story map full of data that explores the intersection of trees, equity, and human health. The map was created to be able to share more tree related data with the community, in efforts to help determine where tree planting and … Continue reading Tacoma Community Forestry Story Map: The Intersection of Trees, Equity, and Human Health