The Evergreen Communities Act
ENGROSSED SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2844 (E2SHB 2844)
The Evergreen Communities Act recognizes the many contributions of urban and community forests throughout the state. The Act, stating that the “preservation and enhancement of city trees and urban and community forests is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect and improve water quality, air quality, human well-being, and our quality of life,” was enacted to assist cities, towns, and counties in Washington improve their community and urban forests and reap the benefits provided by city trees.
The Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program (DNR UCF), with the assistance of a Technical Advisory Committee made up of community and urban forestry professionals, is leading the development of inventory protocols and a project implementation plan. Implementation of the inventory is expected to take place in 2010.
Other sections of the Act are administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce. DNR UCF is working closely with the Department of Commerce to assure that inventory criteria is designed to meet the needs of local communities in developing urban forestry management plans and tree ordinances.
Additional information including links to technical documents discussing tree inventory and assessment may be found on the sidebar to the right.