Trees Need People and People Need Trees.
We invite you to be the inspiration. You can make a difference where you live.
There are many ways that you can get involved with the health and success of the urban forest around you.
Speak Out for the Trees
Share the love and help speak for the trees. Your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family deserve to know about the Benefits of Trees, how to properly select, plant, prune, maintain their trees to enjoy them for a lifetime (or more), and how to get involved.
We Want Your Feedback
Provide feedback on how we are doing. It's our urban forest together and we'd like to hear your ideas on how we could serve our community better.
Tree City USA
Strengthen our Tree City USA and help us celebrate our recognition or get some ideas for new projects in your neighborhood.
Walk Around Your Neighborhood
Get to know the trees that are part of your community. Take notes about what you see and learn about the different species and which trees are best for our area. You can learn about many of the trees by reviewing our Recommended Street Tree Lists.
Tree Board University
Take the Tree Board University online courses for free! This is a great resource for any tree advocate no matter how long you have been working on these issues.
Investing in Trees
Learn about how trees and parks pay you back. By investing in trees urban environments can save millions of dollars in stormwater mitigation, urban cooling, and air pollution reduction. Trees also increase our quality of life and beautify our City giving it "sense of place". These attributes improve our overall tourism and increase activity in business districts.
Get to know our partners and see how you can get involved with their work with the urban forest.
Get involved with a local community garden. Consider starting a community orchard. Volunteer with the Fruit Tree Program.
Volunteer through the Green Tacoma Partnership. Volunteers are needed not only to get their hands dirty while removing invasive species and planting, but also for educational and outreach opportunities as well.
Stay clued in to urban forestry happenings around the City: sign up for our urban forestry mailing list, email us and/or follow us on Facebook.
Take a Free Educational Workshop
Learn more about natural yard care, pruning, rain gardens, tree planting, tree basics and more! Sign up with EnviroHouse.
Natural Yard Care
Practice Natural Yard Care or participate in the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program.
Check out other opportunities to get involved through the Environmental Services involvement page.
Organize and assist your neighbors with a tree-themed improvement project for your neighborhood. There are several sources of funding available through the City that may fund your project. Apply for a Make A Splash Grant, Innovative Grant, Spark Grant, Grants from Alliance for Community Trees or Environmental Services Sponsorship. Project ideas include:
- New street tree plantings
- Pruning existing street trees for crown cleaning and crown raising
- Removal of stumps or hazardous/dying trees (especially with replanting)
- Reclaiming your planting strip.
- Start a community orchard
No curb? Nothing but weeds and gravel where a nice planting strip could/should be? Reclaim it! Large landscape blocks, rail road ties or something similar could be used in-lieu of a curb.
Plant and Grow Trees
Or just plant one in your own yard. Don't just stand there, plant something!
Consider a Career in a Tree-Related Field
Perhaps you're considering changing careers or just starting your education. The arboriculture and related fields present lots of opportunities to get involved and make a difference. Arboriculture, Forestry, Urban Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Construction and Install, and Planning fields (to name a few), all have impacts on the health and beauty of our communities. Arboriculture alone includes several types of jobs from utility arboriculture to municipal and consulting. Lots of unique job opportunities await! A few resources for exploring tree-related fields are included below for ideas.
Did You Know?
That our native Douglas Fir (Pseduotsuga menziesii) has the second thickest bark of trees in the world at eight to twelve inches on mature trees? Anyone want to guess what has the thickest?
Palm trees aren't trees! They are more closely related to grasses than trees and they don't make growth rings like most real trees do.
Trees properly placed around buildings as windbreaks can save up to 25% on winter heating costs.
Fifty million shade trees planted in strategic, energy-saving locations could eliminate the need for seven 100-megawatt power plants.
Research shows that shoppers in well-landscaped business districts are willing to pay more for parking and up to 12% more for goods and services.
Trees reduce runoff and erosion from storms by about 7% and reduce the need for erosion control structures. In urban areas with trees, the use of smaller drainpipes can save cities on materials, installation and maintenance.
Landscaping, especially with trees, can significantly increase property values. Here is one example: A value of 9% ($15,000) was determined in a U.S. Tax Court case for the loss of a large black oak on a property valued at $164,500.