• City of Tacoma QA
  • City of Tacoma Data

Urban Forestry

ginkgo tree

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.


For information on the benefits of trees in cities, please read the "Outside Our Doors" report from The Nature Conservancy.  See below for ways to get involved with helping to grow Tacoma's urban forest:


Grit City Trees

The 2021 Grit City Trees Application is now Open for the Season!

Through these challenging times, we can cultivate a better Tacoma – together. We recognize that now, more than ever, our community needs to find ways to connect and invest in our wellbeing, our neighborhoods, and our community.  Adding more trees to neighborhoods is proven to help keep places cool during the hottest days, manage stormwater runoff, slow neighborhood traffic, provide mental health benefits, and so much more. Apply today for free street trees. Follow the link above for the application. 


Tree Coupon Program

Tree Coupons are available each year from Oct. 1st through March 31st. These coupons can be redeemed for $30 off per tree purchased (up to three trees) at local participating nurseries.



Call 311 or

use the online 311 tool


City of Tacoma Urban Forestry

(253) 502-2138



Upcoming EnviroHouse Workshops   

Pruning Landscape Trees  

Saturday, October 23 10:30 AM
Learn how to prune and prevent costly errors, defects, high maintenance and unsightly urban trees. Focus is on landscape trees and includes when, why, and how to prune, safety, and right tools for the job.

Pruning Fruit Trees Webinar 

Saturday, October 30, 10:30 AM 

How to prune and care for fruit trees to prevent costly pruning errors and produce crops, including when, why and how to prune, safety and right tools for the job.