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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!

Announcing 2015 DNR Urban Forestry Grants

The deadline to apply is December 19th, 2014. We will be offering three types of grants:

Community Forestry Assistance (CFA) Grants

Local units of government, Tribes, 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. The maximum grant request is $10,000 and the minimum request is $3,000. A 50% match is required.


Tree Planting Grants
Planting Grants are eligible only to cities and towns that have earned the Tree City USA award, or those that are pursuing the award for 2015. Non-profit organizations, educational institutions, or tribes may apply in partnership with TCUSA communities. The maximum request is 5,000. A 50 percent match is required.


Tree Inventory Grants
Local units of government, educational institutions, and tribes are eligible to apply. No matching funds are required.

Please visit our Grant Resources Page for application materials and additional information.




Tree City, Tree Line and Tree Campus USA programs
The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. The Foundation recognizes excellence in tree management through three national programs.


Tree City USA
The Tree City USA program provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.

Eighty-four Washington communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees and received Tree City USA designation.


Become a Tree City USA today!


Tree Line USA
Ten utility companies in Washington,  recognized for using best practices in utility arboriculture, are designated Tree Line USA companies.


Tree Campus USA
The Tree Campus USA program recognizes excellence in campus tree management, as well as student and community involvement. Four Washington college campuses have met  the standards to become Tree Campus USAs


The Washington Community Forestry Council advises the Department of Natural Resources on policies and programs related to community and urban forestry.


Nominate our next award winner! 
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.

DNR Urban Forestry Technical Assistance 

Urban & Community Forestry Staff are available to provide technical assistance to 501(c)3 Non-profits, Tribes, Educational Institutions, and local units of government. Examples of technical assistance include: participating in the review, evaluation, and redrafting of tree ordinances; providing consultation on urban forestry strategies, plans, policies, and practices; helping city staff triage and prioritize program needs, providing training to field staff on topics of pruning, planting, or identification of tree defects; giving presentations to city councils, planning commissions, or civic organizations; and working with citizen tree boards or committees on improving effectiveness. Not sure if the needs of your city fit into any of these categories? Give us a call at 1-800-523-8733 or inquire by email at urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov.

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. Healthy urban trees and forests provide greater stormwater management capacity which affects Puget Sound water quality improvement.

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.


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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