Urban Forest Management Plan

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Urban Forest Management Plan

The purpose of the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) is to provide a policy guide for managing, enhancing, and growing trees in the City of Sammamish over the next twenty (20) years. The Plan includes long-range goals to promote resilience, species diversity, and sustainable canopy cover. An urban forest is defined as all of the trees and woody shrubs growing within an urban area, and the UFMP further delineates the publicly-managed trees along streets, in parks, and at City facilities as the community urban forest. The Plan also includes considerations for privately-owned trees because of their function and contribution to the sustainability of the broader urban forest in Sammamish. 

About the Project

The planning process for the UFMP included:

  • Multiple opportunities for public input and participation (see Timeline for specific dates)
  • A canopy cover assessment to determine the extent 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.

Timeline

Documents

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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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