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The King Conservation District is celebrating another successful year of the Urban Forest Health Management Program assisting cities in our service area with enhancing green infrastructure by stewarding street trees, urban backyards, and forested open space.

Urban Forest TreeIn the new Urban Forestry Program, KCD will invest up to $150,000 annually for five years (2015-2019) to support regional and collaborative urban forestry initiatives that bridge stewardship across private and public lands. The program’s goal is to work with a minimum of 15 Member Jurisdictions to enhance up to 70 acres of urban tree canopy and upland/forested habitat.

In the program’s first two years, we have successfully partnered with 13 Member Jurisdictions for several unique projects including:

Here are the approved 2016 projects commencing in early 2017:

For more description of the selection process and the projects, including budget click HERE.

The first-round projects (listed below) are well under way and preparing for on-the-ground implementation in the coming year:

Technical assistance to these Member Jurisdictions continues as well:

We look forward to announcing in the first quarter 2017 the next request for proposals and technical assistance with the new project implementation funds. Stay tuned.


The King Conservation District’s Urban Forest Initiative Working Group assists with program development and implementation. Current Working Group members are:

Patrick Boyd, Councilmember, City of Medina
Cynthia Hudson, Councilmember, Town of Beaux Arts
Carol Lumb, Senior Planner, City of Tukwila
Jana Dilley, Arborist, City of Seattle
Katherine Low, Resident, City of Sammamish
James Rasmussen, Director, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
Dick Ryon, Chair, KCD Board of Supervisors

For additional information on the KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program contact:

Elizabeth Walker, Program Coordinator
KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program



The first year of training for Forest Stewards in the new Green Snoqualmie Partnership is about to begin! Forest Stewards are community volunteers who plan, lead, and report on restoration events happening in the community. Training, support, tools, plants, and materials are all provided.

Green Snoqualmie Partnership Events:

Orientation and Training
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00am - Noon

Next Chance to Dig In!
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Cottonwood Forest
9:00am - Noon

For more information and to register:


KCD Urban Forestry is partnering with Redmond to pilot a Neighborhood Stewardship program to train and support homeowners associations and residents in restoring and managing their neighborhood forested open spaces.

The two neighborhoods in this pilot are Fischer Village and East Valley Heights. To learn more about this great opportunity and to sign up for the training, come to the event April 8th, 9am – Noon at Farrel McWhirter Park in Redmond.

For more information, please contact:


The community stewardship program in Shoreline commenced this February with a 3-month Stewards training by the Washington Native Plant Society.

Twenty four (24) volunteers are participating in the program and are working in 6 Teams at 5 different forested open spaces throughout the community. As they develop the restoration plans for each site, the City will partner to get action on the ground as soon as this spring. More details to come!

For more information, please contact: