Urban Forest Management Plan

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Beginning in the summer of 2017, the City of Sammamish will undertake the process of writing its first Urban Forest Management Plan. This community-wide planning process, which will be jointly led by a consultant and City staff, will set the City's priorities for the management, protection, and promotion of the urban forest. The planning process will include:

  • Multiple opportunities for public input and participation
  • A canopy cover assessment and tree inventory to determine the status of the urban forest
  • A strategic planning process that will identify City-wide goals for the urban forest
  • Consultation with experts in urban forestry to determine the most effective methods to help the City reach its urban forest goals 
  • A set of priorities for future City programs and regulations based on the latest science and best management practices
  • Bringing together urban forest management-related activities across City departments within an overarching set of goals and priorities.

The City has received a $15,000 grant for the first stage of this project: the canopy cover assessment. The grant funds will be provided by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, administered through the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program.

The City has issued its Request for Proposals for the Urban Forest Management Plan and is currently in the process of selecting a consultant. A consultant contract is temporarily scheduled to be approved by City Council on September 5. More information can be found here

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Funds for this project were provided by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, administered through the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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