Cultivating Resilient Communities, a Seminar for Planners, Administrators and Others

This is the third year of our Community Trees seminar program. In 2015, "Asset Management for Community Trees" was most relevant to public works managers, and last year's "Quality Trees, Quality Cities" spoke primarily to those doing tree work in the field. Nonetheless, an often overheard comment during these seminars was "we should have had our … Continue reading Cultivating Resilient Communities, a Seminar for Planners, Administrators and Others

Timely Tree Tips — Much ado about Mulching

Mulch serves many important functions. Shredded wood chips and other coarse-textured, biodegradable mulches help to build and protect soil, buffer drought conditions, and support healthy tree growth. Mulch: Retains soil moisture Moderates soil temperatures Reduces competition from weeds and grass Minimizes soil compaction Prevents erosion Returns nutrients to the soil as mulches break down slowly … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Much ado about Mulching

Wildfire Awareness Month; Are You Ember Aware?

DNR is asking all everyone in Washington state to participate in Wildfire Awareness Month. Washington’s theme for 2017 is Be Ember Aware, because the most common reason that homes burn in wildfires is not from flames but because falling embers ignited something on or near the home. Residents can take simple steps to increase their … Continue reading Wildfire Awareness Month; Are You Ember Aware?

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

Cultivating Resilient Communities, a Seminar for Planners, Administrators and Others

This is the third year of our Community Trees seminar program. In 2015, "Asset Management for Community Trees" was most relevant to public works managers, and last year's "Quality Trees, Quality Cities" spoke primarily to those doing tree work in the field. Nonetheless, an often overheard comment during these seminars was "we should have had our … Continue reading Cultivating Resilient Communities, a Seminar for Planners, Administrators and Others