Existing Urban Forestry Efforts in Tacoma


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 Element

2014: Urban Forest Manual

2015: Tacoma 2025

2016: Environmental Action Plan

2016: Right-of-Way Design Manual