This program is administered by the Department of Natural Resources. “The expanded forestry title of the 1990 Farm Bill includes authorization of the Community Forestry Assistance Program. This program was re-authorized in the most recent Farm Bill (2018) and funding has been provided to the USDA Forest Service to implement the program. The USDA Forest Service, in turn, has allocated funds to the Washington State DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program to distribute and administer.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program is designed to partner with national and state organizations to provide a comprehensive approach to the stewardship of urban trees and forest resources. The Program provides financial support and technical assistance to plan for, plant, establish, protect, and manage trees, forests, and related resources. The intended outcome is to restore and sustain the health and quality of natural and human environments in communities statewide. Washington state urban and community forestry grants are awarded through this program to encourage community involvement in creating and supporting long-term, sustainable, resilient urban and community forestry programs at the local level.
The mission of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community Forestry Program (UCF) is to provide leadership and assistance to communities that are working to create self-sustaining urban and community forestry programs that preserve, plant and manage forests and trees for public benefits and quality of life.
The intent of this grant is to assist communities in planning and implementing projects that are within the scope of a community forest management plan, but which may not otherwise receive local funding.
DNR intends to award multiple grant agreements to provide the services described in this RFA. Work is to be performed and/or services delivered in all counties of Washington State.”