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Urban Forests Management Plan


Be part of the planning to promote and enhance the urban forests in Thurston County. You can help us forge a plan for the next 25 years!

Thurston County has recently begun the development of an Urban Forest Management plan to provide a 25-year framework for achieving policy, management and sustainability goals. The Plan will provide prioritized recommendations on a range of critical issues, such as managing for tree retention and species diversity, expanding tree canopy, and enabling broad community involvement through education and outreach programs. The focus area for the project is the urban growth areas of Lacey, Tumwater and Olympia and does not include Yelm or Grand Mound. The end product will be proposed urban forestry ordinance language and an overall management plan that is integrated and consistent with the spirit of the plans from the three cities. Thurston County can set an example for other communities throughout the country by focusing on the benefits of urban trees and its tree infrastructure to cool its streets, clean its air, manage its stormwater runoff and purify its water. The Plan will be built from public input and current best management practices. Check back soon for more information about public meetings and progress updates.

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