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 program’s first two years, we have successfully partnered with 13 Member Jurisdictions for several unique projects including:

  • Forest health analysis, stewardship planning, and an initial stewardship program of a prime open space in cooperation with several community partners.
  • Community forest stewardship programs for nearly 150 acres of public open space in one jurisdiction and over 1,000 acres of public and private forest open space in another.
  • Forest health analysis and management plans of 60 acres of private open space reserves.
  • Engagement of adjacent landowners in stewardship of their urban forest adjacent to city forested restoration sites.
  • 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/urban forest enhancement as viable stormwater mitigation entitling program funding from stormwater utility rate base.

Here are the approved 2017 projects commencing in 2018:

  • City of Redmond – Stewardship Engagement for Neighbor-Managed Natural Areas.
    Partnering with the City in a pilot project with 3 Homeowners Associations for neighborhood stewardship of their forested Natural Areas preserved and protected through easements or tracts.
  • City of Seattle – “Backyard” Stewardship Adjacent to Forested Restoration Sites.
    Partnering with Green Seattle Partnership and Seattle reLeaf in a pilot to engage adjacent property owners of 2 forested restoration sites to empower them to steward their portion of the urban forest; one project site is working with the Seattle Housing Authority, while the other involves a significant outreach campaign with private residential owners who back up to the restoration site.
  • City of Clyde Hill, Town of Hunts Point, Town of Yarrow Point – Tree Canopy Study and Program/Policy Evaluation (Technical Assistance).
    Provide canopy assessment to know the extent of current canopy cover and historical cover to compare with existing policies and goals around urban forest management and identify needed adaptations.

The first-round projects (listed below) are well under way and preparing for on-the-ground implementation in the coming year:

  • City of Bothell
    City-wide canopy assessment as well as urban forest health analysis and stewardship for North Creek Forest
  • City of Shoreline
    Urban forest health analysis and stewardship for private and public open space in two neighborhoods
  • City of Snoqualmie
    Urban forest health analysis and stewardship for city-wide public and private open space

Technical assistance to these Member Jurisdictions continues as well:

  • City of Lake Forest Park
    Expand their volunteer right-of-way (ROW) tree replacement program with more trees and assistance in tree selection and successful establishment practices
  • City of Medina
    Technical review of a guide of best management practices for ROW trees and private trees, particularly for view preservation
  • King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)
    Technical assistance to the Sustaining Urban Forest Working Group (Snoqualmie, Burien, Normandy Park, Sammamish) to develop model template code language citing trees/urban forest enhancement as viable stormwater mitigation measures entitling program funding from stormwater utility rate base

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
Mark Philips, Councilmember, City of Lake Forest Park
Jana Dilley, Arborist, City of Seattle
Katherine Low, Resident, City of Sammamish
James Rasmussen, Director, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
Dick Ryon, Chair, KCD Board of Supervisors

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

Redmond

KCD Urban Forestry is partnering with Redmond to pilot a Neighborhood Stewardship program to train and support homeowners associations and residents in restoring and managing their neighborhood forested open spaces.

The two neighborhoods in this pilot are Fischer Village and East Valley Heights. To learn more about this great opportunity and to sign up for the training, come to the event April 8th, 9am – Noon at Farrel McWhirter Park in Redmond.

For more information, please contact: greenredmond@forterra.org

Shoreline

The community stewardship program in Shoreline commenced this February with a 3-month Stewards training by the Washington Native Plant Society.

Twenty four (24) volunteers are participating in the program and are working in 6 Teams at 5 different forested open spaces throughout the community. As they develop the restoration plans for each site, the City will partner to get action on the ground as soon as this spring. More details to come!

For more information, please contact: cpsstewardshipprogram@gmail.com

2018 UFHM Project Proposal Process Commences

KCD is pleased to announce the 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) round in its Urban Forestry Program.  We have crafted the RFP process to accommodate both project implementation and appropriate technical assistance options, recognizing the various levels of need and urban forestry program development with our member jurisdictions.

In the 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

Calling All Letters of Interest!

The first step of the RFP process is an invitation to the member jurisdictions to submit a Letter of Interest to partner with KCD on an urban forest stewardship project.  Submittals must be from the jurisdiction (no other parties). An invitation, including instructions, has been sent to a contact person in each member jurisdiction on April 5, 2018 with the understanding that they will coordinate the project ideas on their side.

Communities are encouraged to contact us any time before the Letter of Interest submittal deadline to discuss their ideas in order to determine the best course of action, whether it is technical assistance or project implementation. Only Letters submitted by the deadline will be considered for an invitation to continue in the RFP process.

RFP Schedule

Deadline for Letter submittal is May 4, 2018
RFP Invitation/Final Proposal Development – May 18, 2018 – June 29, 2018
Urban Forestry Initiative Working Group proposal review and ranking by September 5, 2018
Recommendations to KCD Advisory Committee – September 19, 2018
KCD Board of Supervisors approval – October 8, 2018
Projects commence in 2019

A more detailed timeline of the 2018 RFP Process can be found HERE.

The 2018 Formal Project Proposal details can be found HERE.

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