Tree Talk: a Discussion on Urban Forest Management
On November 6, 2016, the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation and Councilmember John Resha held an event to discuss responsible urban forest management. You can view the three presentations below.
--Trees in Cities - Raymond J Larson, Curator UW Botanic Gardens
--The Hydrologic Value of Trees - Robert Turner PhD, UW Bothell
--Stormwater Control and Tree Retention - Bill Lider, principle of Lider Engineering PLLC
Planning Commission Passes Resolution Recommending Tree Regulations to City Council
On October 19, 2016, The Lake Forest Park Planning Commission passed resolution 16-02, recommending new tree regulations to City Council. Since being officially asked by the Council on February 11, 2016 to work on the update of the City’s tree regulations, the Commission has reviewed and considered changes to the regulations at 10 regular meetings that were open to the public. The Commission also benefited from the Council’s guidance during the joint session on April 25, 2016 and from citizens’ comments provided by the Tree Board’s community outreach as well as the comments and ideas received at the July 26, 2016 public open house hosted by the Planning Commission. As a result of citizen feedback, the Planning Commission is recommending stronger regulations regarding tree replacement and retention for development and more flexibility for single family properties in managing the tree canopy. You can view the documents here:
Questions? Contact the Lake Forest Park Planning Department at 206-368-5440.
Tree Risk Manager (Homeowner role)
Nearly 80 dedicated residents joined the Tree Board during a Tree Ordinance Update Visioning Workshop in the Council Chambers of City Hall on Saturday, April 25th, 10:00 am - noon. After a short introduction, the group was split into 4 smaller working groups and everyone had an opportunity to build on the first 55 new ideas brought forth during the April 15th meeting. Afterwards, dots were used to represent priority, red for high priority. Everyone was given 5 red dots and 12 blue dots. Here is a link to the full list of prioritized suggestions and comments, as recorded by the volunteers that make up the Tree Board.
Prior to the Visioning Workshop, a group of concerned residents attended a public meeting on April 15, 2015 to discuss recent tree removal activity on 26th Ave NE. In total, 36 trees were removed from 5 different properties, most of which were Douglas Fir trees. More than half of the trees were removed due to bark beetle infestation detection, but the overall effect of the combined tree removals has significantly impacted canopy for neighbors in that area. A report of the April 15th meeting includes 55 ideas which were carried forward to the following public meeting.