Urban and Community Forestry

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The Urban Forestry Program maintains the city's urban forestry and is a resource for Renton residents.

Trees comprise Renton's urban forest, adding to the quality of life. In Renton, public trees include those found along street right of ways, in parks, natural areas, and at other city-owned properties.

  • Public trees - managed by the Urban Forestry Program

  • Private property trees - regulated to an extent by the city to prevent unnecessary damage or removal.



Benefits of Trees

Trees provide communities with environmental, social, and economic benefits referred as "ecosystem services." Most tree benefits have been thoroughly researched and assigned an actual dollar value.

  • Shade from trees reduces incidence of skin cancer
  • Deterrent to climate change and sequester carbon dioxide
  • Filter pollutants and produce oxygen
  • Reduces the heat island effect
  • Control storm water, flooding and soil erosion
  • Decrease heating and cooling costs.
  • Increase real estate values
  •  Attract shoppers, increase business activity and profits by at least 12%
  • Provide and improve wildlife habitat
  • Recharge groundwater and improve water quality
  • Create visual barriers
  • Reduce the incidence of crime
  • Improve mental and physical health
  • Enhance community spirit
  • Lower incidence of neonatal problems

Tree Maintenance Program

Street Tree Replacement Program

Provides funding for the purchase and contracting of trees. Applies only to tree planting at locations where trees were removed the previous years. A new tree planting program is planned for the future to provide over 3,000 identified sites for new street trees.

Street Tree Maintenance Program

  • Pruning public trees for clearance over streets, sidewalks, street lights, and traffic signs identified as high priority locations
  • Removing public trees that have died or pose a high risk to public safety. The #1 Priority Tree Removal Program tree work is contracted to tree service companies through competitive bidding.
  • Special Programs are budget dependent and address tree and sidewalk heaving issues. These programs are a partnership between the Urban Forestry Program and Public Works. 
  • Emergency Tree Maintenance Services address immediate tree concerns of extreme risk. On-call agreements exist with various tree companies to expedite the removal process. 
  • Tree Watering Program over 330 street trees are hand watered each summer using a contracted 4,000 gallon tanker.

Public services

  • Street tree questions and assistance
  • General information on yard trees
  • Site visit to assist with tree and landscape issues
  • Other tree informational resources available
  • Site Development inquiries related to tree retention and landscape design review
  • Tree planting and maintenance training for neighborhood groups

More information

  • Free Tree Information Need to know more about trees, how to hire a certified arborist, wondering how much to prune or want information on new tree planting technology? Contact the City Forester for informational brochures on over 20 tree topics.
  • Tree Owner's Manual

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