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
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|
2018 UFHM Projects
See the 2018 UFHM Approved Projects Including 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org