Urban Forest Stewarship Plan

The Urban Forest Stewardship Plan (UFSP) provides a long term vision for increasing tree canopy cover (the percent of the city covered by trees as seen in an aerial view) and the many environmental, social, and economic benefits associated with trees in urban areas. The Plan is implemented through actions ranging from tree care to tree giveaways.

The Office of Sustainability & Environment works with departments throughout the City to plan and track progress on the UFSP's four goals for Seattle's urban forest:

  1. Create an ethic of stewardship for the urban forest among City staff, community organizations, businesses, and residents.
  2.  Strive to replace and enhance specific urban forest functions and benefits when trees are lost, and achieve a net increase in the urban forest functions and related environmental, economic, and social benefits.
  3. Expand canopy cover to 30 percent by 2037.
  4. Increase health and longevity of the urban forest by removing invasive species and improving species and age diversity.

To learn more about the UFSP and other forestry programs, visit the reLeaf website