Sammamish City Council approves Urban Forest Management Strategic Implementation Plan

Release Date: July 08, 2021
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On July 6, 2021, the City Council approved, by resolution, the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) Implementation Strategies and the 2021/2022 Urban Forest Workplan. This concludes 6-years of work starting with the adoption of the City’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan with a goal for the City to develop a UFMP, through the development and adoption of the City’s first UFMP in 2019, and concluding with the approval of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP is how the City will make the goals and objectives of the UFMP actionable and provide the tools to create biennial Urban Forest Workplans that will guide staff each year in urban forestry work. The 2021/2022 Workplan consists of tasks that will help to establish the City’s Urban Forest Management Program for the years to come.

“Staff would like to give a big thanks to everyone who participated in this long process! Without your support and invaluable input, we would not be where we are today. We’d also like to give a special thanks to the Planning Commission and City Council for their leadership and guidance!” remarked Kellye Hilde, the Deputy Director of the Department of Community Development. “With this approval, we are now ready to hit the ground running and begin working on the 21/22 Workplan. Stay tuned as there will be lots to follow as we get this exciting work rolling!”

"We are very pleased that the City Council approved this important plan,” said City Manager Dave Rudat. “The recent heatwave underscores the importance of preserving our tree canopy and forests. The trees protect us, and we are going to put this plan in place to protect them."

You can learn more about the Strategic Implementation Plan here.