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Urban Forest Management Plan

Tacoma’s Urban Forest Management Plan 

Trees are a valuable community asset, enhancing our parks and open spaces, reducing urban heat island impacts, capturing air pollution, intercepting stormwater runoff, and improving safety in our neighborhoods and business districts.  A healthy, thriving, and sustainable urban forest is a community priority, to be thoughtfully managed and cared for by partnerships between the City and its residents.  It maximizes the benefits provided by urban trees, while promoting the safety of residents and visitors.  Beginning in 2017, Urban Forestry and a team of consultants embarked on a journey to fully evaluate the services, processes, and outcomes of urban forestry in Tacoma.  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). Adopted by City Council in December 2019, the UFMP strengthens urban forestry goals, strategies, actions, and targets throughout Tacoma. The plan works in tandem with the 2015 One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan and the 2021 Climate Action Plan (formerly the 2016 Environmental Action Plan).  


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The Plan 

The UFMP outlines meaningful actions that we will take between 2020 and 2030 to support our community forest.  To reach our goal of an increase from lowest-in-the-region 20% tree canopy to a healthy, thriving 30% overall tree canopy coverage, we will create greater efficiencies in our operations, standardize our level of service across the city, expand methods for increasing and preserving tree canopy in Tacoma, and respond to the challenges of climate change, as well as other environmental and fiscal factors.  

The Plan functions as a management tool for City staff to support citywide environmental health that is transparent to the public regarding the actions taken on behalf of the broader community. The UFMP also sets standards for tracking and reporting progress toward our goals.   

Click the links below to read the Urban Forest Management Plan and Progress Reports:


UFMP Phase 1: Research Summary


UFMP Phase 2: Action Plan


UFMP Progress Reports