The following list of web links is intended to provide you with useful resources and examples of municipal codes and guidelines from cities and counties in Washington state and around the country. If you have additional web resources that you think would be beneficial for us to share with your peers let us know by emailing us at mail@SpokanePonderosa.com.
i-Tree, Urban Forestry Software, U.S. Forest Service
Tool Helps Cities Use Trees for Stormwater Mgmt, Sustainable City Network
Urban Forestry, MRSC Urban Forestry
Neighborhood Trees, USDA Forest Service
Urban Tree Canopy Watershed Management Division, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Urban Watershed Forestry Manual Part 1, U.S. Forest Service
Urban Watershed Forestry Manual Part 2, U.S. Forest Service
Urban Watershed Forestry Manual Part 3, U.S. Forest Service
Best Management Practices for Successful Urban Tree Plantings, Auburn University Dept. of Horticulture
Urban Forestry Best Management Practices for Public Works Managers, Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, Section 4, American Public Works Administration ( )
The Public Urban Forest: Planning and Managing a City’s Tree Resource, University of Louisville, Center for Environmental Policy and Management ( )
Tree Protection on Construction and Development Sites. A Best Management Practices Guidebook for the Pacific Northwest, Oregon State University Extension ( )
Urban Forestry Best Management Practices, Society of Municipal Arborists
Urban Tree Risk Management, A Community Guide to Program Design and Implementation, U.S. Forest Service
The following are selected examples of urban forestry plans from Washington cities.
Lake Forest Park
Oak Harbor Municipal Code Ch. 20.16: Oak Tree Protection
Walla Walla, WA
King County Code Ch. 16.82: Clearing and Grading – In particular, see Sec. 16.82.156 – Significant Trees (in Title 16)
Thurston County Code Sec. 21.80.040: Preservation of Significant Trees (Lacey UGA)
Revised Code of Washington:
The benefits of urban forests to citizens include heightened recreational and cultural opportunities, energy conservation, improved stormwater management, enhanced biodiversity, plant and animal enrichment, increased environmental educational opportunities, and higher economic and property values.
Benefits of Trees: National Arbor Foundation - The value of trees to a community.
Benefits of Trees: Treelink - Links to articles on the benefits of trees.
Greenbacks in the Greenery: Never Forget the Economic Value of Trees, Parks and Open Spaces, by Catherine Benotto of Weber + Thompson. Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, April 18, 2002.
The Benefits of Urban Trees: Urban and Community Forestry: Improving Our Quality of Life. Forestry Report R8-FR 17/USDA Forest Service
Trees Mean Business: Trees and the Retail Landscape. Kathleen L. Wolf, Mainstreet News, No. 263, August 2009,
Urban Forest Case Studies: Challenges, Potential and Success in a Dozen Cities. American Forests
Values of Urban Trees: A Technical Guide to Urban and Community Forestry. US Forest Service, Saint Paul Field Office - Includes methods of inventory and appraisal.