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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.

Friends of North Fork WaterfallThrough the 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 over these five years.

2018 UFHM Project Proposal Process Commences

KCD is pleased to announce the 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) round in its Urban Forestry Program.  We have crafted the RFP process to accommodate both project implementation and appropriate technical assistance options, recognizing the various levels of need and urban forestry program development with our member jurisdictions.

In the three years of the program, we have successfully partnered with 27 of our 34 Member Jurisdictions for projects including:


To date, the following cities have partnered with the KCD Urban Forestry program:

Algona Auburn Bellevue
Black Diamond Bothell Burien
Clyde Hill Covington Des Moines
Hunts Point Kent Kirkland
Lake Forest Park Maple Valley Medina
Mercer Island Newcastle Normandy Park
Redmond Renton Sammamish
SeaTac Seattle Shoreline
Snoqualmie Tukwila Yarrow Point

Calling All Letters of Interest!

The first step of the RFP process is an invitation to the member jurisdictions to submit a Letter of Interest to partner with KCD on an urban forest stewardship project.  Submittals must be from the jurisdiction (no other parties). An invitation, including instructions, has been sent to a contact person in each member jurisdiction on April 5, 2018 with the understanding that they will coordinate the project ideas on their side.

Communities are encouraged to contact us any time before the Letter of Interest submittal deadline to discuss their ideas in order to determine the best course of action, whether it is technical assistance or project implementation.  Only Letters submitted by the deadline will be considered for an invitation to continue in the RFP process.

RFP Schedule
Deadline for Letter submittal is May 4, 2018
RFP Invitation/Final Proposal Development – May 18, 2018 – June 29, 2018
Urban Forestry Initiative Working Group proposal review and ranking by September 5, 2018
Recommendations to KCD Advisory Committee – September 19, 2018
KCD Board of Supervisors approval – October 8, 2018
Projects commence in 2019

A more detailed timeline of the 2018 RFP Process can be found HERE.

The 2018 Formal Project Proposal details can be found HERE

We look forward to working with every member jurisdiction to help enhance their urban forests through stewardship.


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

Brenda Fincher, Councilmember, City of Kent
Jason Ritchie, Councilmember, City of Sammamish
Patrick Boyd, former Councilmember, City of Medina
Mark Phillips, Councilmember, City of Lake Forest Park
Jana Dilley, Trees for Seattle, City of Seattle
Katherine Low, Private Citizen, City of Sammamish
James Rasmussen, Director, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
Dick Ryon, Chair, KCD Board of Supervisors
Andy Chittick, Rural Forest Commission
Kristi McClelland, retired Forester, King Co. DNRP

For additional information on the KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program contact:
Elizabeth Walker, Program Coordinator
KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program



The second year of volunteer work for Forest Stewards in the new Green Snoqualmie Partnership is underway! 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 Volunteer Events:

Snoqualmie Point Park Work Party
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 
9:00am - Noon

Snoqualmie Ridge’s Cottonwood Forest
Saturday, May 12th, 2018
9:00am - Noon

For more information and to register, visit:


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 neighborhood where this pilot is happening is East Valley Heights. To learn more about this great opportunity and to help restore Redmond’s urban forests, come to the next work party on Sunday, April 29th from 9am until noon.

For more information and to register, visit: