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The project logo King County 30-Year Forest Plan

Purpose of the 30-Year Forest Plan

King County’s 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) called for the county and partners to plant 1 million trees by 2020 and develop a 30-year plan to maintain and enhance the county’s tree cover. The purpose of the 30-Year Forest Plan is to develop a shared vision of priorities and goals associated with tree canopy in King County to achieve over the next 30 years. The plan will help ensure that forests in King County continue to mitigate impacts of climate change, while also helping to guide the county towards strategies that allow us to meet multiple goals as we expand and enhance tree cover.

Forest benefits

Developing the 30-Year Forest Plan

We want to have a regional discussion about priorities and goals so that the plan meets multiple needs.

  • First, we will collect input from a range of community members and stakeholder groups to better understand their priorities associated with tree cover and forest health.
  • Then, we will map out approaches to achieve those goals. With a clearer sense of priority outcomes, we can identify the best strategies to meet them, such as tree planting to expand forest canopy, restoration activities in existing forests, and other actions that expand or enhance forest cover county-wide.


Share Your Thoughts!

Through our engagement process, we will focus on two broad questions: “What do we want?” and “How do we get there?” As part of this process, we’d like to hear your thoughts.

  • What are the most important benefits, functions, and values our forests provide?

  • What strategies and actions will be most successful to increase forest canopy and keep forests healthy?


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Forests can provide many benefits, but those benefits often depend on where they are and how forests are managed, so understanding which benefits are most important to King County residents will help us develop our goals. Which of these are most important to you? (Choose up to three.)
Storing carbon and providing climate benefits
Providing shade and lowering temperatures in urban areas
Enhancing salmon and other wildlife habitat
Providing wood or non-timber forest products
Providing cultural resources
Supporting our local economy by providing employment , revenue to forest landowners, and other economic benefits
Hosting recreational opportunities (e.g., hiking, mountain biking, etc.)
Improving water quality and reducing stormwater runoff
Improving air quality and other human health benefits
Aesthetic or scenic values
None of these benefits are important to me
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Why are the priorities you selected above most important to you?
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What are the most important actions King County, partners, and other stakeholders can take over the next 30 years with respect to our forests? (Choose up to three.)
Improve the health of existing forests in the county by conducting restoration and other forest management activities
Acquire more forested land to prevent the conversion to other, non-forested uses
Increase tree planting in urban areas where there is currently lower tree cover
Increase tree planting near rivers and streams
Manage forests to store more carbon
Experiment with planting trees from warmer, drier climates that might be suitable to changing growing conditions for our forests
Make changes to code or policy that would help increase urban or rural tree cover
Increase production of timber or non-timber products
Improve access to forested parks and trails
No additional actions are needed
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Why are the actions you selected above most important to you?
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In the area where you live, do you think more trees are needed?
I don’t know
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If you answered yes, are there general areas or specific locations where you think King County and partners should focus their efforts?
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What is your zip code?
What is your age?
Under 18
Over 75
Prefer not to answer
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What is your race/ethnicity?
Asian American, East Asian, or Southeast Asian
Latino/a, Latinx, Hispanic
Native American or Alaska Native
Race/ethnicities not listed here
Black, African-American, or Afro-Caribbean
Middle Eastern or North African
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Multiple ethnicities
I prefer not to answer
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Thank you for your feedback!