Following the launch of the KCD Urban Forestry Health Management (Urban Forestry) Program in 2015, the KCD Urban Forestry Team initiated Round 2 of project solicitation and selection process with Member Jurisdictions. This process commenced in February 2016 with contributions and guidance from the Urban Forestry Initiative Working Group, and culminated in early September with the Working Group recommending support of two urban forestry implementation projects and one urban forestry technical assistance project. These projects were supported by the KCD Advisory Committee in September and approved by the Board of Supervisors in October.
KCD staff and the Working Group are pleased that the program is able to serve five new Jurisdictions in 2016, bringing the total number of member jurisdiction urban forestry programs to be supported to 13 since the inception of the KCD program. Additionally, two of the three 2016 projects recommended for implementation will focus on engaging private landowners in stewardship of urban forest resources, a priority recommendation of the Working Group in 2015.
The KCD Urban Forestry Program has budgeted $157,551 for the 2016 projects to commence in early 2017. Below are brief descriptions and the funding levels for the projects.
1. City of Redmond - Stewardship Engagement for Neighborhood-Managed Natural Areas, Implementation Project - $59,351
Partner with the City of Redmond in the development of a pilot project for the Natural Areas (NA) in 3 Homeowners Associations (HOAs) that would result in the neighborhood stewardship of Natural Areas preserved and protected through easements or tracts. This project involves a forest assessment, the development of stewardship plans, projection of future resource requirements, and the outreach, training and support of Neighborhood Stewards to lead at least 3 work parties (per Natural Area) to implement priority restoration work and ongoing stewardship. This would be a 3-Year Pilot for all sites. The pilot plans to include the following partners: Green Redmond Partnership, City of Redmond, and the HOA’s, and other partners such as American Forest Management, Inc. and Forterra.
2. City of Seattle – “Backyard” Stewardship Adjacent to Forested Restoration Sites, Implementation Project – $76,500
Partner with the City of Seattle to engage property owners adjacent to forested restoration sites in taking steps to (at least) remove invasive species from their properties, thereby expanding and preserving urban forest restoration efforts for increased positive benefit to Seattle as a whole. Engagement of property owners would include relationship development through outreach/education and coordination of on-the-ground restoration activities. This project will allow the Green Seattle Partnership and Seattle reLeaf to deepen their relationship and work together to continue stewarding the relationships developed during the pilot. This would be a 3-Year Pilot for both projects:
Proposed Project Site #1, Cheasty Green Space with Seattle Housing Authority
Proposed Project Site #2, Lakeridge/Deadhorse Canyon – Residential property owner engagement & outreach campaign
The pilot plans to include the following partners: Seattle Housing Authority, City of Seattle (Green Seattle Partnership, Seattle reLeaf, Parks), and other partners such as Urban Systems Design and DirtCorps.
3. City of Clyde Hill/Towns of Yarrow Point/Hunts Point – Tree Canopy Assessment/Study & Program/Policy Evaluation, Technical Assistance – $21,700
All three jurisdictions are requesting a canopy assessment to know the extent of current canopy cover and (Clyde Hill) historical cover to compare with their existing policies and goals around urban forest management and identify needed adaptations. Assistance is done within one year’s time (2017). This assistance plans to include partners such as Terra Firma Consulting and Plan-it Geo, LLC.