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Urban Forestry

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Urban Forestry - The Trees of Tacoma


About our Urban Forest 

The Urban Forestry Program is part of the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability. We consider caring for Tacoma's urban forest an important part of growing a sustainable, healthy, and vibrant city.


Tacoma's Urban Forest Management Plan

Trees along streets, in parks, open spaces, backyards, and across the city provide many benefits and make up Tacoma's "urban forest". Tacoma's urban forest is a valuable asset that (if properly maintained) will continue to add to the health of our community for generations to come. We are all under "One Canopy" and benefit from the proper care and enhancement of the trees in Tacoma.

To support this goal, The City of Tacoma has developed an Urban Forest Management Plan which creates a shared vision and road map for the trees in Tacoma. Visit the Urban Forest Management Plan website to learn more:


Urban Forest Management Plan Website



Help Grow Tacoma's Urban Forest 

The goal of the Urban Forestry Program is to increase the tree canopy cover from approximately 20 percent (based on a 2018 analysis) to 30 percent in 2030. This will be achieved by planting trees with help from partner organizations and community members and by preserving existing healthy trees. See below for ways to get involved with helping to grow Tacoma's urban forest:


Grit City Trees

Apply for a free street tree today! The 2020 Grit City Trees Application is now available! Click here to learn more about the program and view the application. The 2020 application deadline is August 30, 2020 for individuals and September 6, 2020 for neighborhood group applications.


Tree Coupon Program

Tree Coupons will be available starting in fall of 2020. These coupons can be redeemed for $30 off per tree purchased (up to three trees) at local participating nurseries annually from October through March.



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City of Tacoma Urban Forestry

(253) 502-2138