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Urban Forest Management Plan

Tacoma’s Urban Forest Management Plan 

Beginning in 2017, the Environmental Services Department and a team of consultants embarked on a journey to fully evaluate the services, processes, and outcomes of urban forestry in Tacoma.  A successful municipal forestry program contributes to vibrant and healthy community and maximizes the benefits provided by urban trees, while promoting the safety of residents and visitors.  Through extensive research, internal interviews, and community engagement, a body of policy changes, service upgrades, and best practices was compiled.  This became the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP).  The UFMP was adopted by City Council in December 2019. 


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The Plan 

The UFMP outlines meaningful actions that the City of Tacoma will take between 2020 and 2030 to support our community forest.  To reach our goal of an increase from 20% to a healthy, thriving 30% overall tree canopy coverage, the City will create greater efficiencies in our operations, standardize our level of service, and respond to the challenges of climate change, as well as other environmental and fiscal factors. The Plan functions as a management tool as well as providing transparency as it takes action to support citywide environmental health on behalf of the entire community. The Plan also sets standards for tracking and reporting progress toward our goals.

To learn more and stay updated on the progress of the Urban Forest Management Plan, click the links below:

Urban Forest Management Plan Website 


Phase 1: Research Summary


Phase 2: Action Plan