KCD is celebrating another successful year of the Urban Forest Health Management Program assisting cities in our service area with enhancing green infrastructure by stewarding street trees, urban backyards, and forested open space.

In the new Urban Forestry Program, KCD invests up to $150,000 annually for five years (2015-2019) to support regional and collaborative urban forestry initiatives that bridge stewardship across private and public lands. While the program’s goal was to work with a minimum of 15 Member Jurisdictions to enhance up to 70 acres of urban tree canopy and upland/forested habitat, we have already partnered with 26 cities and are on track to engage all 34 of our member jurisdictions by 2019.

In the first three years of the program, we have successfully partnered with 27 of our 34 member jurisdictions for projects including:

  • Forest health analysis, stewardship planning, and an initial stewardship program of an open space in cooperation with
    several community partners.
  • Community forest stewardship programs for over 1,200 acres of public and private forested open space.
    Forest health analysis and management plans of 60 acres of private open space reserves.
  • A “backyard stewardship” pilot to engage adjacent property owners of forested restoration sites to empower them to
    steward their portion of the urban forest.
  • Establishment of a city-supported program for community stewardship by neighborhoods or Homeowners Associations of
    their protected forested Natural Areas.
  • Collaboration of multiple communities in developing model template code language citing trees and urban forest
    enhancement as viable stormwater mitigation practices, entitling program funding from the stormwater utility rate base.
    City-wide tree canopy assessment with analysis of land cover data for land use and other geographies, a stormwater
    benefits analysis, and online canopy planner software.
  • Participation in an analysis of available modeling for tree canopy and its stormwater mitigation capacity in the Pacific
    Northwest.

To date, the following cities have partnered with KCD’s Urban Forestry program:

Algona Auburn Bellevue Black Diamond Bothell Burien Clyde Hill
Covington Des Moines Hunts Point Kent Kirkland Lake Forest Park Maple Valley
Medina Mercer Island Newcastle Normandy Park Redmond Renton Sammamish
SeaTac Seattle Shoreline Snoqualmie Tukwila Yarrow Point

2018 UFHM Project Proposal Process Underway!

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) round in its Urban Forestry Program is
underway! We are in the process of reviewing and preparing project proposals for the working group to make
recommendations to the Advisory Committee Board. Approval of projects is scheduled for October 2018.

A more detailed timeline of the 2018 RFP Process

2018 Formal Project Proposal details

We look forward to working with every member jurisdiction to help enhance their urban forests through stewardship.

Urban Forestry Working Group

KCD’s Urban Forest Initiative Working Group assists with program development and implementation. Current Working Group members are:

Brenda Fincher, Councilmember, City of Kent

Jason Ritchie, Councilmember, City of Sammamish

Patrick Boyd, former Councilmember, City of Medina

Mark Phillips, Councilmember, City of Lake Forest Park

Jana Dilley, Trees for Seattle, City of Seattle

Katherine Low, Private Citizen, City of Sammamish

James Rasmussen, Director, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition

Dick Ryon, Chair, KCD Board of Supervisors

Andy Chittick, Rural Forest Commission

Kristi McClelland, retired Forester, King Co. DNRP

For additional information on KCD’s Urban Forest Health Management Program contact:

Elizabeth Walker, Program Coordinator, KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program, urbanforestry@kingcd.org

Michael Mendez, Forestry Project Coordinator, 425-282-1925 or forestryip@kingcd.org