Coordinator’s Corner – Plan for Change

Urban Forestry staff at DNR recently attended the annual Urban Forestry Symposium in Seattle entitled, Climate Change and the Urban Forest. It was an excellent day of learning, with great speakers reporting the newest information about issues affecting trees in urban forests of the Pacific  Northwest. Nick Bond, a Washington State climatologist, reminded us that seasonal fluctuations … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner – Plan for Change

Timely Tree Tips — Tree Protection Part 2: Critical Root Zones

The May edition of Tree Link featured the article, "Intro to Tree Protection During Site Development," which described the tree protection process on development sites. This month, we'll explore the topic further by discussing the importance of Critical Root Zones. Protecting soil Protection of trees on development sites is really a matter of protecting land from construction … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Tree Protection Part 2: Critical Root Zones

Coordinator’s Corner

Recently, I visited my son in Durham, North Carolina traveling on to Asheville, near the “cradle of forestry.” Native redbuds and dogwoods dotted the bare-branched forests; some past-bloom others just-popping-open as we climbed into the mountains. We visited the North Carolina arboretum and wandered through planned to native landscapes. It was a true “tree geek” … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner

Timely Tree Tips — Intro to Tree Protection During Site Development

Protecting trees on sites under development or redevelopment is a complex process and requires skills, knowledge, and enforceable standards to be successful. Here are some important items to consider. A sound jurisdictional foundation for tree protection is comprised of: Local ordinances that specify the circumstances under which tree protection will be required, what constitutes an appropriate tree … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Intro to Tree Protection During Site Development

2014 Grant Season is Underway

DNR's Urban and Community Forestry program  (UCF) plans to offer three types of grants in 2014: Community Forestry Assistance Grants, Inventory Grants, and Tree Planting Grants. Grant applications will be available on our grant resources page by mid-January. If your community is a Tree City USA, the announcement and links to applications will be sent directly to … Continue reading 2014 Grant Season is Underway

Emerald Ash Borer: Planning for the Inevitable

by Terry Flatley, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Manager, City of Renton I am fortunate that the community I work for allows its employees to further their knowledge for the greater good of its citizens. Because of that philosophy, I attended the 2013 Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) Conference and Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Pittsburgh, … Continue reading Emerald Ash Borer: Planning for the Inevitable

Planning to Plant – Check Your Soil pH

Liming in Western Washington for Trees and Shrubs by Leif Fixen, Snohomish Conservation District When it comes to managing soil health in the Northwest, it’s easy to focus on the big three nutrients in the soil (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) and overlook a fourth key aspect -- soil pH. Soil pH refers to how acidic (sour) … Continue reading Planning to Plant – Check Your Soil pH