About the Collaborative

In April 2023, American Forests and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched the Washington State Tree Equity Collaborative, the first statewide partnership focused on Tree Equity. The Collaborative aims to expand and fortify neighborhood tree canopy cover by engaging cities, community organizations and stakeholders to build more rigorous and inclusive urban forestry programs across the state.

DNR is using American Forests’ Tree Equity Score tool to prioritize expanding equitable tree cover in the neighborhoods that need it most, as 85% of urbanized neighborhoods in the Evergreen State have inadequate tree cover. Through the partnership, American Forests will expand Tree Equity Score to cover all Washington cities, and DNR will work with jurisdictions, Tribes, nonprofits and other partners to raise all urban census block groups to a score of 75 or higher.

Get Involved

Interested in learning more about the Washington State Tree Equity Collaborative? Contact DNR Project Manager Alicia Hamilton or American Forests Senior Director or Urban Forestry Field Delivery Tanner Haid.

The Washington State Tree Equity Collaborative will be hosting gatherings focused on providing technical assistance, providing data to be used for prioritization of resources to support the goal of Tree Equity in every neighborhood, and to provide space for creative collaborations. Updates will be posted on this webpage – stay tuned for upcoming opportunities.

Resources

Visit DNR’s Urban Forestry webpage to learn more about the state’s programs and sign up for updates through the TreeLink newsletter. Explore national urban forestry resources through American Forests’ Research and Reports page and explore local urban and community forestry resources through Vibrant Cities Lab.

Washington Tree Equity Score Report
Analytics of state tree canopy and related ecosystem services

Washington DNR UCF Grant Webinars
Resources and webinar archives for Washington entities interested in applying for DNR urban and community forestry grants

Tree Equity Collaborative Steering Committee

Name Title Entity
Zandria Michaud Kent City Councilperson Association of Washington Cities Kent City Council UCF Advisory Council Member
Mike Carey City Forester City of Tacoma
Megan Dunn Snohomish County Councilperson Snohomish County Council Washington Association of Counties UCF Advisory Council Member
Tom Bugert State and Local Government Affairs Manager REI Co-op
Lilliane Ballesteros Executive Director Latino Community Fund
Jillisa Winkler Program Coordinator Carl Maxey Center
Amanda Parish Executive Director The Lands Council
Hannah Kett Urban Programs Director The Nature Conservancy
Lowell Wyse Executive Director Tacoma Tree Foundation
Phil Bennett Superintendent, Stormwater & Urban Forestry Division City of Snoqualmie
Emma Greenwood Forest Ecologist Spokane Tribe
Lauren Jenks Assistant Secretary Washington State Department of Health
Elizabeth Walker Tribal Forester Snoqualmie Tribe
Lauren Urgenson Urban Forestry Advisor City of Seattle
Joanna Nelson de Flores Urban Forestry Program Manager King County