Existing Urban Forestry Efforts in Tacoma

Updated: Oct 1, 2019


Tacoma has a long history of urban forest management policies, codes, and studies. The first tree protection ordinance in Tacoma, and Washington State, was adopted in 1927 as “9.18 Trees and Shrubs – Trimming and Removal”. This called for the protection of Tacoma’s street trees growing in the right-of-way (see 9.18.030). From then, a number of tree, vegetation, plant, and forest-related municipal codes have been added through a long history of Tacoma ordinances. In addition to ordinances, the city has completed various tree-related studies, plans, and assessments. The following provides the more recent efforts:


1992: Urban Forest Management Plan

2010: Urban Forest Policy Elements

2014: Urban Forest Manual

2015: Tacoma 2025

2016: Right-Of-Way Design Manual

2018: Tree Canopy Assessment

2019: Sample Tree Inventory

2019: Tacoma Mall Tree & Planting Inventory (public & private)

2019: Urban Heat Island Study

2019: Urban Forest Management Plan & Tacoma Municipal Code Expert Review


Contact the Urban Forestry Program at (253) 502-2138 or trees@cityoftacoma.org for more information about these policies, codes, and studies.

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