about the project
Tacoma's Urban Forest Management Plan
Trees along streets, in parks, open spaces, backyards, and across the city provide many benefits and constitute an "urban forest". Tacoma's urban forest is a valuable asset that, if maintained, will continue to add to the health of a community for generations to come. We are all under One Canopy and benefit from the proper care and enhancement of the trees in Tacoma. This website was designed for the residents of Tacoma to follow the development of the plan for our urban forest and to participate in the implementation of the plan's actions.
Caring for Tacoma's urban forest is an important part of growing a sustainable, healthy, and vibrant city and cannot be achieved without the input of its residents.
In 2010, the City Council adopted a new chapter in Tacoma’s Comprehensive Plan, the Urban Forestry Policy Element. From this, the Environmental Services Department along with a team of consultants developed an Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) to create a shared vision and road map for the trees in Tacoma that supports the policy element and enhances the city.
The UFMP strengthens themes throughout the city such as Resource Management, Equity and Accessibility, Canopy Health & Growth, Long-Term Funding, Climate Resiliency, Enhanced Ecosystem Services & Benefits, and Community Engagement & Stewardship.
A healthy and vibrant city and its urban forest cannot be attained without the input and support from our community.
Currently, in 2020, Phase 3 of the project is underway with a Trees & Construction Operations Plan, Tree Risk Reduction Plan, and Sustained Funding Report to support the Citywide UFMP.
A Plan for One Canopy
“Urban trees and forests are considered integral to the sustainability of cities as a whole. Yet, sustainable urban forests are not born, they are made. They do not arise at random, but result from a community-wide commitment to their creation and management.”
Clark et al.: Urban Forest Sustainability