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One of the signature elements of our region is our vibrant forests.

In rural and urban communities throughout King County, forests store carbon and provide climate benefits, improve water and air quality, enhance habitat for salmon and other wildlife, reduce polluted stormwater runoff in our communities and waterways, offer recreational opportunities, and provide cool shade for streams and sidewalks.

As part of our Strategic Climate Action Plan, we are developing a 30-Year Forest Planwhich will serve as a shared vision to guide our work on forest cover and forest health.

Many actions will achieve multiple benefits, but we are most successful when we prioritize our efforts to achieve shared goals. As we develop the plan that will guide our investments and actions with partners over the next three decades, we asked partners and stakeholders to tell us:

What is most important to you? Should we prioritize confronting climate change? Or improving human health outcomes? Or promoting healthy forests in King County Parks? Or enhancing habitat? Or something else?

What are the most important actions King County can take with partners over the next 30 years? Should we focus on improving the health of existing forests or preserving additional forestland? Should we plant trees in areas where there is lower tree cover or should we plant more trees near rivers and streams?

We have summarized the input we heard (248 KB) and the priorities that emerged in our 30-Year Forest Plan Outreach Summary Report (185 KB). We continue to welcome your ideas as we finalize goals, develop strategies, and create pilot projects between now and December 2020.

To provide input or for more information, contact

  • The benefits of healthy forests

  • EarthStoring carbon and providing climate benefits
  • Shady treeOffering a shady respite that cools streams and sidewalks
  • Salmon and streamEnhancing salmon and other wildlife habitat
  • WoodProviding wood and non-timber products
  • HikerHosting recreational opportunities
  • Water and airImproving water and air quality, which have environmental and human health benefits
  • Stormwater runoffReducing stormwater runoff
  • SceneryContributing to our overall quality of life and framing our region with beautiful, scenic views
  • SceneryProviding cultural resources and supporting cultural heritage and historic values
  • We will collect input to understand which benefits are the highest priorities and develop strategies to enhance those benefits.

How to get involved

  • Phase 1

    March - July, 2019

    Collect input within King County and through one-on-one meetings with partners.

  • Phase 2

    August - December, 2019

    Host workshops to collect input from partners and stakeholders involved in rural and urban forestry.

  • Phase 3

    January - March, 2020

    Compose a summary report that synthesizes the information we receive throughout the engagement process and identifies the top priorities.

    Distribute the summary report for review and input.

    Host an online survey to collect input on the priorities identified, as well as anything we might have missed.

  • Phase 4

    April - November, 2020

    Compile information collected though the online survey.

    Outline strategies to reach priority goals and measures to assess progress.

    Outline strategies for monitoring and measuring progress towards goals.

    Prepare a draft of the plan and solicit additional input.

  • Phase 5

    December, 2020

    Finalize the 30-Year Forest Plan.

Rural Forest vs Urban Forest Trees