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Vancouver seeks local knowledge about trees

By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 14, 2023, 6:03am

Let’s talk trees.

The city of Vancouver is soliciting insight from the community about local trees to use toward the creation of its Urban Forestry Management Plan. Project staff will kick off their first public engagement efforts via two “Let’s Talk Trees” virtual workshops from noon to 1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Charles Ray, Vancouver urban forester, wrote in a statement that local trees are more than a visual commodity for neighborhoods. Trees also capture air pollution and divert stormwater runoff.

“Growing and caring for our city’s urban tree canopy is no small task; a healthy tree canopy is the result of proper planning, management and community involvement,” he wrote.

Those who want to attend can register online through a portal on the city of Vancouver’s website, cityofvancouver.us. Staff advise participants to bring comments and questions regarding Vancouver’s urban tree community, which can also be shared through an online survey at beheardvancouver.org/ufmp.

Columbian staff writer