Kirkland’s Final Draft Urban Forest Management Plan ready for more public comment


Draft plan to be presented to City Council July 2


Following an extensive outreach program to gather input on how the City of Kirkland can best manage and preserve its urban forest, the City has produced a revised draft Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan. The draft plan integrates suggestions from the public such as the latest research on the benefits of trees; what Kirkland and other cities are doing to manage their urban forests; a performance assessment of Kirkland’s urban forest management efforts; clear recommendations that are linked to long-term goals and an action plan for the next six years.  Additional public comment is sought on the draft Plan before it is presented to the City Council on July 2, 2013.  To review the draft Plan, go and search “Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan.”  Comments received by Deb Powers, Urban Forester, via email or phone, 425-587-3261, by June 20, 2013 will be presented to the City Council.  Public comment on the draft Plan may be given at the City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue.

The purpose of Kirkland’s Urban Forest Management Plan is to guide the City’s efforts towards sustainable urban forest management over the next 20 years. Trees affect the air and water where we live and the desirability of our neighborhoods, enhancing Kirkland’s quality of life and community character. Urban forests require sound and deliberate management to ensure trees provide optimal benefits to the community and remain reasonably safe for property and people.