Citywide Urban Forest Work Plan

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Thank you for taking the Community Tree Survey! The survey closed on February 19, 2021. Survey results will be presented to City Council to help determine our 2021-2026 urban forest management priorities. 

Trees are an important part of Kirkland's community character, providing enormous environmental, economic, and social benefits; all of which are increasingly important in urban settings. Unfortunately, many elements negatively affect city trees, reducing their normal life span and the benefits they provide. Because of this, urban forests need our help to remain a functioning, healthy and sustainable asset. 

Recognizing the urban forest's value and its management challenges, Kirkland's Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan(PDF, 3MB) was adopted in 2013. It provides a management framework using

  • Science-based strategies   
  • Citywide collaboration
  • Data-driven performance measures

To link long-range goals to daily tasks, the 2014-2019 Urban Forestry Six Year Work Plan identifies objectives within a shorter timeframe. The City is currently examining the accomplishments and challenges of the 2014-2019 Work Plan and developing priorities for the next six years. The 2020-2026 Urban Forestry Six Year Work Plan will guide the City's tree preservation, planting and maintenance efforts.