The Urban Forestry Commission celebrated its third year anniversary with continued focus on improving and growing Seattle’s urban forest. The Commission just released their 2012 Annual Report.
In 2012 the Commission focused considerable attention on the Department of Planning and Development’s proposed new tree regulations for private property and the 2012 update of the Urban Forest Management Plan. Both of these documents will serve to guide future policy and management decisions as the City implements its vision of a healthy and diverse urban forest.
The Commission reviewed several policies and planning activities by City Departments, including the Yesler Terrace Development and Design Review Guidelines. The Commission also supported increased funding for the Green Seattle Partnership and continued to be a conduit for the public to share their ideas and concerns related to the urban forest. The Commission and the City’s Urban Forest Interdepartmental Team held their second annual retreat to build on our joint efforts and common goals.