Take survey on city’s Urban Forest Management Plan

Jun 30, 2017

About 50 citizens came together recently to share a diversity of ideas on how the city should manage its urban forest.

Edmonds is in the process of developing an urban forest management plan to promote a shared vision for how the city manages trees on city property, public rights-of-way, and critical habitat areas.

After rejecting a 2015 proposed Edmonds tree ordinance – which would have required an extensive permit system for removing trees on private property – citizens were mostly pleased to learn the forthcoming urban forest management plan does not intend to add further restrictions to the existing Edmonds Community Development Code regarding how citizens manage trees on private property.

Ian Scott, project consultant from Davey Resource Group, was on hand to deliver initial research, including the results from an urban tree canopy assessment. According to the assessment, Edmonds currently enjoys 30-percent tree canopy coverage with the rest of land being covered by grass/vegetation, impervious surface, and water.

The open house was the first public input opportunity on the subject. The project timeline includes public meetings before the Tree Board, Planning Board and City Council. Davey Resources also intends to hold another public open house as a draft plan is developed.

Residents can participate in an online survey to share their thoughts. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/EdmondsUFMP.

More information on the Urban Forest Management Plan is available on the city’s Development Services webpage.


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