Snohomish County Healthy Forest PRoject

Snohomish County and Forterra have launched the Healthy Forest Project, a new community stewardship program to restore and care for the forested parks and natural areas managed by the County. The framework and structure of the program will follow Forterra’s Green City Partnership model, used in 14 cities across the Puget Sound
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Through this program, Green Snohomish County will partner with local communities to recruit, train and support volunteer stewards to lead forest restoration projects in priority parks. Ultimately, the city aims to build a strong culture of community stewardship, leadership, and partnership to support a healthy urban forest for everyone. Each city’s program relies on a network of individuals, organizations, staff and volunteers. All partners are essential for the success of the project.

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Snohomish County owns approximately 11,704 acres of forested open space. Phase 1 of this pilot will focus on 1,000 acres of parkland shown in the map below, fostering long-term support for restoration and maintenance of parks and natural areas. The program start-up process includes:

Snohomish County Forest Assessment Site
  • Assessment of forest health conditions of the identified 1,000 acres of parks and natural areas
  • Community outreach and engagement to guide project prioritization and implementation
  • Developing a 20-year plan to share the forest health assessment results and establish goals and strategies for forest restoration and community engagement efforts
  • Implementation of on the ground projects with a volunteer program to organize local community groups to plant trees, remove invasive plant species and meet restoration goals

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Healthy forested parks and greenspaces have the power to strengthen neighborhoods, provide safe access to nature and offer numerous valuable benefits to the environment. 

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The Snohomish County Healthy Forest Project is currently seeking volunteer forest stewards, contact us today to learn more.

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Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or requests for information!

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what are the benefits of a healthy forest?

Healthy forested parks and greenspaces have the power to strengthen neighborhoods, provide safe access to nature, offer numerous valuable environmental benefits, and play a critical role in supporting salmon and a healthy Puget Sound. Without a coordinated effort to restore and care for our forests, we are at risk of losing many benefits these forests and natural areas provide. 

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