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Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program

The Washington State Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program provides technical, educational and financial assistance to Washington’s cities and towns, counties, non-profit organizations, and associations.  Learn more!

Tree City USA

There are 82 Washington cities that have received Tree City USA designation. When a community becomes a Tree City USA, it means more than being able to display a road sign or fly a flag. Tree City USA is a foundation for effective, well-organized tree care programs. Along with community pride comes practical benefits such as helping to gain financial support for tree projects, contributing to safer and healthier urban forests, and providing municipal officials the opportunity to deliver better service to the voting public.


Learn how to become a Tree City USA today!


DNR accepts Tree City USA applications in November and December of the year.  Check out the DNR Tree City USA Resource Page to find out how your city can become a Tree City, then give us a call if you have questions or need help to promote the program in your community.

The Washington Community Forestry Council (the Council) advises the Department of Natural Resources on policies and programs related to community and urban forestry.
The Council would like to recognize exceptional leadership, creativity, cooperation and stewardship toward the goals of urban and community forestry in Washington by encouraging nomination of individuals, organizations, community groups, and businesses for a Council award.

Celebrate Arbor Day!

The most fun part of being a Tree City USA is observing Arbor Day, and honoring our communities’ trees. Each community chooses its own special day to celebrate trees in its own special way, which may include proclamations and tree planting. The Arbor Day Foundation offers ideas for activities and materials to help you and your neighbors celebrate Arbor Day locally. You may also request a Washington Community Forestry Council or DNR representative to attend your community’s event and present the Arbor Day Award.  Tree City USA Communities are also eligible to receive a reimbursement up to $200.00 for the cost of planting a landscape-sized Arbor Day tree.  National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April (April 25, 2014) and Washington State Arbor Day is the second Wednesday of April (April 9, 2014).


Governor Inslee proclaims Arbor Day!

Online Learning

Find and link into current online urban and community forestry learning opportunities. The urban forestry e-learning page is a result of a cooperative project among the state urban and community forestry programs in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), with funding through the US Forest Service. The goal is to provide natural resource professionals in communities with low-cost training on the latest best management practices, research findings, and effective strategies for managing our urban and community forests.


Urban Forestry Restoration Project is an Exciting New Opportunity for Local Governments
The Urban Forestry Restoration Project is an exciting opportunity to increase the health of urban forests in the Puget Sound Basin and Southwest Washington.  Learn more!

Tree Link is here – and it’s now electronic. Click here to see the latest issue of the Tree Link News Newsletter. Want to subscribe to the online newsletter or update your current subscription click here.


Tree Line USA

Ten utility companies in Washington are designated Tree Line USA companies, recognized for using best practices in utility arboriculture, including first-year Avista Utilities. Learn more about Tree Line USA at Arbor Day Foundation.

Tree Campus USA

Four Washington college campuses have shown their commitment to trees by meeting the standards to become Tree Campus USAs. Visit Arbor Day Foundation to find out more about this program that recognizes excellence in campus tree management, as well as student and community involvement across the nation.

STOP! Don't Top that Tree!

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is promoting an anti-tree topping campaign to increase public understanding of proper tree care. To find out more please see our

Anti-Tree Topping Campaign.

Tree Protection on Construction and Development Sites: A Best Management Practices Guidebook for the Pacific Northwest

The guidebook was produced by Oregon State University Extension with grant assistance from the USDA Forest Service. It is modeled after a similar publication developed by the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This guidebook is part of an effort by DNR and ODF to address the effects of forest fragmentation. The guidebook is suitable for anyone involved in the land development process at any level. You can obtain a free copy of this new publication by sending an email to urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov or calling (800) 523-8733

Federal Civil Rights
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, should a person wish to file a discrimination complaint, please write to:

USDA, Director
Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer


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Linden Lampman
Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager

Micki McNaughton
Urban and Community Forestry Program Special Project Coordinator

Ben Thompson
Urban Forestry Specialist


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