What is an Urban Forest?
An urban forest refers to the natural and planted vegetation in urban areas--both public and private. Tacoma's urban forest is comprised not just of trees and other vegetation in parks but also trees and other landscaping that line the roadways and vegetation on private property.
The part of the forest that exists within the city of Tacoma boundaries is a component of the larger regional network that includes our neighboring counties and cities in the greater Puget Sound region.
There are many benefits of trees and collectively Tacoma's urban forest provides a unique green infrastructure that if maintained and cared for continues to give back to the community. The goal is to continue to enhance the health, properly maintain and diversify our urban forest and ensure it provides these benefits for generations to come.
Tacoma's urban forest belongs to everyone.
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