The City of Bellingham is creating an Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP). Development of the first phase of the UFMP is with a consultant selected for their notable experience and skills in urban forestry assessment and management. The purpose of the UFMP is to create a strategic plan that helps maintain a healthy and desirable urban forest through well-coordinated, consistent, efficient, and sustainable long-term urban forest management. The UFMP will encompass all trees, in forests and elsewhere, within City limits and the Urban Growth Area (UGA).
For the most current status, please see below under Status Update.
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Project Scope Overview
- Phase 1 – Assessment. Tasks:
- Tree Canopy Assessment
- Street Tree Inventory
- Canopy Change Analysis
- Forest Structure Analysis
- Wildlife Corridor Analysis
- Wildland-Urban Interface Analysis
- Phase 2 – Goals Establishment. Tasks:
- Community Values, Goals, and Objectives
- Phase 3 – Plan Development. Tasks:
- Review Current Practices
- Prioritize Forest/Tree Management Actions
- Plan Development
All phases will include community outreach.
Status Update – August 2021
Between summer 2020 and summer 2021, the City worked with Diamond Head Consulting to complete Phase 1 of the UFMP. As part of this work, the City coordinated with Diamond Head Consulting and topic-area experts to ensure the analyses incorporate best available information. City staff shared Phase 1 results to City Council on Monday, August 30, 2021 during the Public Works and Natural Resources Committee meeting.
Please see Additional Resources below for Phase 1 reports and the August 30, 2021 presentation to City Council.
- Urban Forestry Management Plan Update, Council Presentation 1/25/2021
- Urban Forestry Management Plan Update, Council Presentation 8/30/2021
- Canopy and Forest Structure Analysis Summary Report, 2021
- Wildlife Corridor Analysis, 2021
Habitat and Restoration Manager
Public Works Natural Resources