The Urban Forestry Restoration Project is an exciting opportunity to increase the health of our urban forests in the Puget Sound Basin and Southwest Washington. The project will help to enhance effectiveness of our urban forests in managing stormwater and improving water quality.
* 2014-2015 Application period is now open! Applications for crew assistance will be accepted until June 30, 2014 *
DNR's Urban and Community Forestry Program will provide Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) and Puget SoundCorps crews to assist local government with urban forestry activities that help restore ecosystem services, especially stormwater management that affects local water quality.
Activities may include:
Control of invasive plants.
Planting native vegetation in natural areas or open spaces.
Pruning young trees on developed sites for greater tree health and public safety.
Other maintenance and management actions that benefit the health of urban trees.
Funding and Requirements
The WCC and Puget SoundCorps crews are funded through Sections 522 and 526 of the 2012 Capital Jobs Bill (Engrossed Senate Bill 5127
). Successful applicants must supply project-related materials and additional services required for project work; these may include:
- All permits necessary for the project work.
- Native plants for re-vegetation or tree-planting.
- Herbicides for invasive plant control, if necessary.
- Disposal of plants and other materials removed during restoration activities.
- Other materials necessary for project completion.
Active participation for ongoing site maintenance and monitoring will help ensure the success of the project. The successful applicant must commit to maintaining the project site for three years, including annual monitoring. To assist in preparing the maintenance plan at the end of each project, DNR will provide a report of the work accomplished, as well as templates for maintenance plans and monitoring reports. To learn more about the commitment required of applicants, please read the instructions for the application form.
Extra volunteer participation in these projects is encouraged to help educate citizens about the effects of invasive plants on forests and engage them in stewardship of their community’s urban forest.
Project Proposal Submittal
- Applications for assistance may be submitted until June 30th, 2014
- Proposed projects will be prioritized based on their impact on stormwater management and water quality, how well they support existing goals of the local government's Comprehensive Plan or other management documents, commitment to a three-year management and monitoring plan, and volunteer involvement.
- The Application Form must be submitted for all proposed projects, although multiple projects may be submitted on one form (see Application Form Instructions).
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so the sooner your application is received, the sooner your projects will be considered for assistance!