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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
The Washington State Arbor Day is always celebrated on the second Wednesday in April. Did you know that proclaiming Arbor Day at the local level can help your community earn the Tree City USA designation? Recognizing Arbor Day is one of four requirements for earning this award. To date, 86 Washington cities and towns are recognized as a Tree City USA.

Washington communities that have earned the Tree City USA award are once again eligible for reimbursement by DNR for the planting of an Arbor Day tree or trees. This year, we have bumped the value of the reimbursements from $200 up to $500 so that all Tree City USA communities have the opportunity to plant at least one landscape-sized tree on Arbor Day. Interested Tree City communities are advised to download the reimbursement form and follow the instructions.

If your Tree City USA Community would like to have a representative from DNR or the Washington Community Forestry Council attend your Arbor Day Event or a City Council meeting to present your Tree City USA Award, please complete this form and email it to urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov.

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.

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.

Urban Forestry Restoration Project is an Exciting 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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