Urban Forestry Restoration Project

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project is an exciting opportunity to increase community canopy and enhance the health of our urban forests in the Puget Sound Basin. Healthy urban trees and forests help to manage stormwater, reduce soil erosion, clean the air we breathe and the water we drink, and provide a broad range of additional ecological, economic and public health benefits.
Successful applicants receive approximately four weeks of Puget SoundCorps crew time to assist with urban forestry tasks that enhance the health and function of urban trees and forests.
Activities may include:
  • Control of non-native invasive plant species;
  • Planting native vegetation in natural areas, riparian zones or open spaces;
  • Tree planting in landscaped parks or along streets;
  • Pruning young trees for structure and stability;
  • Other maintenance and management tasks that benefit trees.
Unlike traditional grants, the UFRP does not require a cash match, but rather a commitment match. Commitment to the project site is demonstrated by each local project partner’s agreement to
  • Post a media release before or during the crew’s presence;
  • Provide any permits required for project site;
  • Provide traffic control as necessary for project safety;
  • Dispose of material removed during project activities (English ivy vines, blackberry canes, etc.);
  • Provide all materials required for project completion, including plants, mulch, herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers;
  • Develop and implement a three-year maintenance and monitoring plan for the project site; and
  • Report monitoring results to DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program annually for three years.
Selection Criteria
  • Local commitment to urban forestry;
  • Water quality impacts and community benefits;
  • Project planning and coordination; and
  • Public support and citizen stewardship involvement.
Eligible Applicants
  • Incorporated cities and towns
  • County governments
  • Parks districts
  • Tribes
  • 501(c)3 non-profit organizations
Proposed project work must be:
  • Within counties that touch Puget Sound;
  • Located on publicly-owned land;
  • Clearly identified areas with clearly identified impact on Puget Sound water quality
  • Within the capability of the work crews; no dangerous or hazardous sites;
  • Supported by a contact person or position within the jurisdiction or organization for the four-year duration of the UFRP Agreement.
Non-governmental organizations that do not own the property on which the project work will be accomplished must submit a current letter of permission and support from the underlying public propery owner (city, county, tribe, etc.) with the UFRP application form.