Summer 2017
tree2 croppedWhat do you think about trees in Edmonds? You are encouraged to participate in an online survey – at www.surveymonkey.com/r/EdmondsUFMP – to share your thoughts. Your responses will help guide a long-term vision for how the City manages its urban forest.

The City is in the process of developing an urban forest management plan to promote a shared vision especially for how the City manages trees on city-owned property, public rights-of-way, and critical habitat areas. By developing a comprehensive urban forest program, the City’s intent is to increase efficiency, public accountability, and collaboration between city departments, enhance the aesthetic character of our urban environment, and improve municipal health, air, and water quality, while also recognizing that the type and location of trees need to be compatible with the site.

Davey Resources Group, the consultant on the project, introduced its initial research and gathered input from the community at a June public Open House. On display were the results of Edmonds’ urban forest canopy assessment – a measure of the overall tree canopy cover within the City – which shows that Edmonds enjoys a 30-percent tree cover today.

The Planning Board will hold a public meeting on July 26, 7:00 pm, at the Council Chambers, 250 5th Avenue N., to hear more about the plan that will be developed. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Another Open House will be announced once a draft urban forest management plan is ready for review.