The 6th Annual Urban Forest Symposium – Climate Change and the Urban Forest

Urban Forests in our region are expected to suffer negative impacts due to climate change. At the same time, they play an integral role in mitigating the effects of climate change by reducing temperatures, sequestering carbon, and capturing stormwater runoff from increases in precipitation.   The 6th Annual Urban Forest Symposium, hosted by Plant Amnesty and the University of Washington,  takes an in-depth look at climate change and considers the impact to the urban forests in our region. Learn about the climatic changes our region can expect and strategies that can be used to plan and manage for a healthy and resilient urban forest. Regional experts will discuss the expected changes to the climate, urban forest responses, and what urban foresters and advocates can do to prepare. Presentations will be relevant to urban foresters, landscape professionals, restoration ecologists, tree care professionals, consulting arborists, sustainability professionals, urban planners, landscape designers, landscape architects, municipal managers, and tree advocates.

Here are the details:

What:    6th Annual Urban Forest Symposium
When:  Wednesday, May 28, 9am to 4:30pm
Where:University of Washington Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105
Cost:      $75 per person. Lunches available for $15. Free lunch included for the first 100 registrants.
Contact: or 206-685-8033.

Presenters include:
Greg McPherson, Research Forester, Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics – Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Jim Robbins, journalist and author of The Man Who Planted Trees
Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist and Principal Research Scientist for the UW Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Nancy Rottle, RLA, ASLA, Associate Professor at University of Washington and founding Director of the UW Green Futures Research and Design Lab
Tom Hinckley, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Drew Zwart, Ph.D. Plant Pathology and Physiology, Bartlett Tree Experts
Municipal representatives on putting urban forest-related climate change plans into action



Photo credit: Stephanie Jeter.


Plant a Forest and Build Community on Green Seattle Day 2013


Join the Green Seattle Partnership to celebrate and restore Seattle’s beautiful forested parks for the 8th annual Green Seattle Day on Saturday, November 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm!   Green Seattle Day is made possible by the City of Seattle as well as the generosity of our lead corporate sponsor, Odwalla.

Green Seattle Day is a meaningful way to connect with nature and create a healthy and vibrant community by planting native trees and shrubs in a park near you. The event takes place in 17 parks city-wide. Seattle’s own West Duwamish Greenbelt is this year’s central hub site, which will be hosted by Nature Consortium and Forterra.

The Green Seattle Partnership is a collaboration between the City of Seattle, non-profit partners, and thousands of committed volunteers that seek to create a sustainable network of healthy forested parklands by removing invasive species and replanting with native shrubs and trees.  Without a coordinated effort, Seattle is at risk of losing 70% of its forests in just 20 years.

Green Seattle Day is a celebration of Seattle’s 2500 acres of forested parks, the committed neighbors who care for them, and the kick-off event for the 2012-2013 restoration planting season.  We supply all tools and supplies. So, grab a water bottle, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to have fun in the forest! We are sure you will leave the parks with a smile on your face. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Learn more and REGISTER for your preferred park at If your company or organization is interested in participating as a volunteer team, contact Kim Frappier at

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Seattle featured in American Forests’ new book!

Seattle has been recognized for its outstanding efforts to improve the city’s sustainability in American Forests’ new book, “Urban Forests Case Studies: Challenges, Potential, and Success in a Dozen Cities.” The book outlines urban forest activities in 12 major cities across the country and discusses the tactics each city uses to improve their urban forests.

The cover of American Forests’ new book, “Urban Forests Case Studies”

Seattle has excelled in creating urban forestry partnerships, largely in part due to the highly successful Green Seattle Partnership: a collaboration between the City of Seattle, Forterra, and the public. The Partnership’s biggest strength is its ability to get the community involved in its work. In 2011 alone, volunteers dedicated over 80,000 hours to restoration work in local parks!The Green Cities Network is making waves on both a local and national scale. The success of the Green Seattle Partnership has spurred 5 other Puget Sound communities (Kirkland, Redmond, Kent, Tacoma,  and Everett) to adopt the Green City model. All the way across the country, New York City has also used  the Partnership as a model for their urban forest restoration efforts!

Seattle’s partnerships with various city departments also play a large role in the success of their sustainability efforts. As a part of their urban tree replacement program, Seattle City Light has planted nearly 8,000 trees and over 40,000 shrubs since 2000. They have also purchased upwards of 10,000 acres of land in order to protect wildlife habitat. Seattle Public Utilities has taken an interest in solving Seattle’s storm water problem and created the RainWise program to encourage residents to install green infrastructure, such as cisterns and rain gardens, on their property.

Way to go Seattle!

Interested in learning about what other cities are doing for their urban forests? Click here!