Participate in May’s Scotch Broom Census

The Washington Invasive Species Council, state agencies, and researchers need your help in identifying locations of the invasive Scotch broom throughout the state. Scotch broom is hard to miss in May when it is in bloom, its yellow-flowers are distinctly visible across the landscape and along roadsides. Once established, it becomes the dominant vegetation and … Continue reading Participate in May’s Scotch Broom Census

2018 Symposium, “Collective Action: Partnerships for a Healthy Urban Forest”

PlantAmnesty and UW Botanic Gardens partner to deliver the Urban Forest Symposium each spring. Each year’s symposium focuses on a timely topic and brings together a diverse audience including arborists, land managers, designers, program managers, municipal planners, volunteers, and advocates. This year's topic focuses on the power of partnerships to advance urban forestry. As we face increasingly complex … Continue reading 2018 Symposium, “Collective Action: Partnerships for a Healthy Urban Forest”

From the Field: Students in Kent, WA, Hooked on Habitat Conservation

Since the start of the 2014-15 school year, high school students in Kent, Washington, have already provided over 1,000 hours of community service and, in the process, getting cold, dirty, wet and scratched. And they keep coming back for more because they’re excited to be part of something bigger and more meaningful than a one-time … Continue reading From the Field: Students in Kent, WA, Hooked on Habitat Conservation

From the Field: “Sweater Weather: Fashion for the Urban Forest”

This past fall, the City of Richland's Parks and Recreation Department launched a community-level competition aimed at strengthening the fabric of their community by connecting together area residents with art, local parks, trees, and fun activities. "Sweater Weather: Fashion for the Urban Forest" challenged Richland's fittest knitters, the avante guard and other creative crafters to design and fit sweaters … Continue reading From the Field: “Sweater Weather: Fashion for the Urban Forest”

Urban Forestry in Kent: Partnerships make the Program

By Victoria L. Andrews, Special Programs Manager, Park Planning & Development, Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services If you asked what “urban forestry” means to employees in different departments in your city, would they have the same answer? Are the crews that maintain the street trees engaged in urban forestry? What about parks maintenance staff? How … Continue reading Urban Forestry in Kent: Partnerships make the Program

Web-ucation: Links to help you learn

Just in time for Arbor Day, Deep Root blog helps us understand "Where Do Trees Come From?" and links to "The Most Amazing Thing About Trees" which explains how trees move water from roots to leaves.  (videos by Veritasium) Celebrate our changing seasons, and Arbor Month, with this time-lapse video of a forest year in 3 minutes. … Continue reading Web-ucation: Links to help you learn

Seeking Exceptional Tree People

Request for nominations for the Washington Community Forestry Council’s Urban Forestry Stewardship Award Do you know a person or a group who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, creativity, cooperation, and stewardship through their work in urban and community forestry? If so, the Washington Community Forestry Council would like to recognize her, him, or them. Nominations are … Continue reading Seeking Exceptional Tree People