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 Projects

Approved Projects Included:

Beaux Arts Kenmore Mercer Island Normandy Park Woodinville
and an Urban Forest Stewardship Education Initiative

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

KCD is pleased to share access to urban tree and canopy planning software and a new tutorial video on how to use this software to explore tree canopy information for local communities. KCD has partnered with 19 municipal jurisdictions since 2015 in King County to expand conservation of urban tree canopies and grow green infrastructure by supporting, providing, and collaborating on tree canopy assessments.

This valuable web-based tool helps cities and their communities View, Plan and Grow their urban tree canopy. Plan-It Geo hosts the Canopy Planner software that displays tree canopy data via maps and supports analysis and modeling so that communities can plan and prioritize tree canopy and urban forest enhancement projects.

  1. The View tool component of Canopy Planner allows users to easily choose a geographic scale and display % metrics or filter data with slider bars.
  2. Plan is a GIS-based prioritization tool with designated weights on city-specified criteria (examples: existing tree canopy, plantable space, and stormwater priorities).
  3. The Grow tool allows users to create canopy cover and planting scenarios in the map and save scenario reports.

Explore the Canopy Planner Tool

More information about the South King County Tree Canopy Assessment Initiative

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 Commisioner King County Rural Forest Commission
Kristi McClelland retired Forester King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

For additional information on KCD’s Urban Forest Health Management Program contact Mike Lasecki.

iTree Hydro Technical Report – Revised March 2019

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