The term “urban forest” generally refers to all vegetation, both public and private, that is found growing in cities and communities. It can include urban parks, street trees, residential yards, public gardens, greenways, nature preserves, and natural areas.
Urban forests provide many environmental, economic, and aesthetic benefits. They clean the air, reduce stormwater runoff, conserve energy, improve property values, strengthen quality of place, and create more livable communities.
Urban Forestry Management Plan
What do you want the County’s urban forest to look like?
Thurston County is working on an Urban Forest Management Plan that will combine the most effective elements of our cities’ tree ordinances to create a framework for policies and actions to enhance the urban forest for years to come.
Stay posted here for the latest information.
Learn more about the benefits of urban forests
Urban Forest Statistics Sheet (PDF 130KB)
Want to know how much your trees are worth? Visit the National Tree Benefit Calculator
2010 Community Forestry Assistance Grant
In July 2010, Thurston County was awarded a grant by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community Forestry Program. Thurston County was among 27 counties, cities, towns and nonprofits that were awarded grants in order to encourage citizen involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustainable urban and community forestry programs at the local level.
DNR's program is offered in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program.
Thurston County used grant funds to acquire a baseline inventory of
tree cover in the unincorporated Urban Growth Areas from existing (2009)
high resolution aerial photography. This canopy inventory will allow the
county to assess the current status of its urban forests and make
management decisions that will support Thurston County’s mission and
View the urban forest canopy map here. (PDF 2.2MB)
View the urban forest canopy report here. (PDF 2.3MB)
For questions about trees on your property, please contact Resource Stewardship at (360) 786-5490.
For more information about Thurston County's 2010 urban forest canopy mapping project, please contact Joshua Trygg, GIS Analyst. Phone (360) 754-3355 x 7589, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerned about a tree cutting or logging operation?
Timber harvests may be permitted either by Thurston County or the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
You can find information about state-permitted timber harvests using
Forest Practices Application Review System (FPARS) or by calling the
FPARS Help Desk at (360) 902-1420.
Obtain information about county-permitted activities from Resource Stewardship at (360) 786-5490.
For questions about maintenance of street trees or road right of ways, please contact Public Works Road Operations at (360) 867-2300.
If you think you have witnessed unpermitted or illegal tree cutting, please contact Code Enforcement or the DNR FPARS Help Desk at (360) 902-1420.
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