Management

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Urban Forestry Management Plan Update

The City of Seattle is creating a new Urban Forest Management Plan. This plan will provide a framework for policy and action that will guide the City's work to maintain, preserve, enhance, and restore Seattle's urban forest. 

The draft plan is now available and can be viewed here. Public comment on the draft plan will be accepted through November 30, 2020. We would love to hear your thoughts! Comments can be submitted online here. You can also review the Executive Summary and view a presentation on the plan.

Plan Development Timeline

October - November: Public comment period
December: incorporate public input
January 2021: Mayor's Office review and approval
February 2021: State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) decision and plan production 
Spring 2021: City Council adoption process

Initial Assessment Findings

As part of the 2020 Urban Forest Management Plan update, the City of Seattle (Office of Sustainability and Environment, OSE) contracted with Davey Resource Group to conduct a gap analysis of existing urban forestry programs, a review of the Trees for Seattle website, and recommendations for consideration in the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) update. The full report can be found here.

Public Engagement Phase I Overview

Prior to beginning work on the new Urban Forest Management Plan, the City of Seattle completed a Racial Equity Toolkit process to guide planning work with a focus on equity. Commitments from that process included dedicating most resources to engaging historically under-represented communities, seeking input prior to drafting the plan, valuing feedback equitably, and transparency. Learn more about what we are doing with this background presentation.

The City of Seattle began reaching out to communities in different ways to gather public input prior to drafting the new Urban Forest Management Plan. These included:

Listening Sessions Schedule and Notes

Date Event Location / Time Open to public?
9/5/18 and 11/7/18 Urban Forestry Commission Listening Session
Notes
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Room 2750

3-5 pm
Yes
9/14/18 Urban forestry government agencies listening session
Notes
  No
9/14/18 Tree advocates listening session
Notes
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Room 2750

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Yes
9/19/18 Tree service providers
Notes
  No
9/25/18 Urban forestry implementation partners
Notes
  No
10/16/18 Freight Advisory Board
Notes
Seattle City Hall
Room L280

9:30 - 11:30 am
Yes

Past Plans

2007 Urban Forest Management Plan (pdf)

2013 Urban Forest Stewardship Plan (pdf)