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

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

Snoqualmie Project Shows Stormwater Benefit of Publicly Managed Urban Forest

This article is reposted as it originally appeared on King Conservation District’s Website on January 28, 2021. Click here for the original version. Written by Mike Lasecki. Image and figures excerpt from City of Snoqualmie, Natural Infrastructure Assessment, 2020 What’s the value of a city’s urban forest? An actual dollar amount answer to this question can … Continue reading Snoqualmie Project Shows Stormwater Benefit of Publicly Managed Urban Forest

5 Cities Raise the Bar with DNR Grants

Congratulations are in order for five communities that successfully completed WA DNR Urban & Community Forestry grant projects this May. These grantees, funded between 2018 to 2020, were hard at work over the last two years completing their deliverables. Read about their projects below and become inspired—from tree education, to inventories and one big investigation! … Continue reading 5 Cities Raise the Bar with DNR Grants

From the Field: DuPont Repairs Sidewalks, Saves Trees

The City of DuPont (pop. ~8,200) is a planned community in Pierce County, WA, that was built out between 1994 and 2008. In the course of development, roughly 7,000 trees were installed in 5-foot wide planting strips located between the street and sidewalk, all within the public right of way. In recent years, sidewalks in … Continue reading From the Field: DuPont Repairs Sidewalks, Saves Trees

UCF Survey: Enter Now to WIN!

This fall, one lucky Washington Community will become home to a Washington State Moon Tree! Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will draw from respondents to the Urban and Community Forestry survey, discussed below, on Monday, October 2, to kick off Urban and Community Forestry Month. During the Apollo moon missions between 1969 and 1972, … Continue reading UCF Survey: Enter Now to WIN!

New Report: How Communities Are Managing Their Urban Trees

This article reprinted as it originally appeared in the July 18th edition of the Treebune News, the official newsletter from the Alliance for Community Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program Stevens Point, WI (July 18, 2016) – Trees are a recognized and significant asset to communities but to remain so and increase in value they … Continue reading New Report: How Communities Are Managing Their Urban Trees

Asset Management for Community Trees

The first annual Community Trees Seminar from DNR's Urban and Community Forestry Program, "Asset Management for Community Trees," was hosted by 9 cities across Washington state in 2015. The seminar was a half-day program discussing the different types of natural resource assessments commonly used by local governments including canopy cover analyses, sample inventories, and tree-by-tree … Continue reading Asset Management for Community Trees

DNR Partners to Enhance Tacoma’s Urban Forest

In recent years, Washington state's third largest city has been taking deliberate steps to assess, manage and enhance its urban forest, and the DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program has been a key partner in the process. The Tacoma News Tribune recently published a suite of articles outlining the history, challenges, actions, and underlying science behind … Continue reading DNR Partners to Enhance Tacoma’s Urban Forest

EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Collaborative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a Green Infrastructure Collaborative today with the support of six other government agencies at the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. EPA joined with the U.S. departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Interior, Defense, and Energy to release a federal … Continue reading EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Collaborative

The High Costs of Deferred Tree Pruning

by Micki McNaughton, Urban Forestry Special Projects Coordinator Investing in care for young trees is a low-cost way to reduce future costs—and future risk. Proper planting, watering, mulching, and pruning ensures that trees grow to maturity in good health and sound structure. Let’s take a look at pruning in particular, the most common service purchased … Continue reading The High Costs of Deferred Tree Pruning