What is the urban forest?
An urban forest is defined as all the trees and woody shrubs growing within an urban area. The community urban forest includes the publicly-managed trees along streets, in parks, and at City facilities.
Why does the city need to plan for trees?
The Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) provides a policy guide for managing, enhancing, and growing trees in the City of Sammamish over the next twenty years. The UFMP includes long-range goals to promote a sustainable canopy cover. These goals will make the urban forest more resilient and promote having a variety of trees and woody shrubs.
The UFMP also includes considerations for privately-owned trees. Trees and woody shrubs on private property also contribute to the sustainability of the broader urban forest in Sammamish.
Adopted Urban Forest Management Plan
How the plan was developed
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 to identify City-wide goals for the urban forest
- Consulting urban forestry experts to determine the most effective methods for reaching the City's urban forest goals
- Setting 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
Information and Resources
- "Get to Know Your Urban Forest" - UW Urban Ecology Research Lab Presentation - March 28, 2018 - UFMP Workshop #2
- "Home Tree Care 101" with Bob Layton (American Forest Management, ISA-Certified Arborist) - April 26, 2018
- Urban Forest Management Plan Survey Results
- University of Washington - Sammamish Land and Canopy Cover Analysis
- Public Engagement Posters
The City received a $15,000 grant for the canopy cover assessment. The grant funds were provided by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program. The grant was administered through the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program.
Funds for this project were provided by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program. Grant funds were administered through the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.