The City of Edmonds Tree Board will engage, encourage and educate both the city government and residents to protect our current canopy resource and plant new trees appropriately for the long term benefit of our community.
- Advise and assist city officials in development of a tree ordinance designed to preserve and protect existing trees, encourage additional trees, and appropriately safeguard trees in construction areas.
- Advocate for the enforcement of the tree and critical areas ordinance in order to protect trees in our wetlands, steep slopes, and watersheds.
- Increase community outreach and education regarding the value of trees, proper selection of trees, and correct methods for planting of and caring for trees
- Encourage active stewardship of the urban forest through partnering with community organizations, to include arboriculture in multiple aspects of the city
- Work to develop funding sources to expand tree related programs
- Sponsor an annual Arbor Day event.
In 2010 the Edmond City Council created a Citizens’ Tree Board by Ordinance 3807 which consists of up to seven members plus one alternate. Board members must be Edmonds residents and it is recommended that the board include citizens from throughout the city (representing different watersheds and neighborhoods). Additionally, those with professional or hobbyist interest/experience in urban forestry, horticulture, and habitat enviroscaping are preferred; these may include arborists, botanists, horticulturists, native plant experts, master gardeners, wildlife experts, and related. Board members are appointed for four-year terms.
The Tree Board normally meets monthly. The board is empowered to advise and make recommendations to the mayor and city council and, as appropriate, to the planning board and other boards or commissions of the city on such matters including (but not limited to):
- Developing a tree ordinance designed to preserve and protect existing trees, encourage planting of additional trees, safeguard trees on parcels where construction or renovation is occurring or planned to occur, and encouraging the Edmonds citizenry to become active stewards of the urban forest.
- Increasing community outreach and education regarding the value of trees, proper selection of trees, and correct methods for planting of and caring for trees.
- Working with civic, religious, and citizen groups to organize invasive plant removal and native vegetation planting in accord with the department of parks, recreation and cultural services.
- Coordinating with other citizen groups to specific projects.
- Facilitating relevant grant applications supporting ecology and watershed protection projects.
- Sponsoring an annual Arbor Day Event.