City wants input on street trees plan

By on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – The Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department seeks public input on the proposed urban forestry management plan.

Because of a $20,000 community forestry grant from the Washington State of Department of Resources, the city’s parks and recreation department was able to hire a consultant to inventory all the city’s street trees in early 2021.

“There are 14,000 park and street trees,” Parks and Recreation Director Andy Coleman said.

The collected data is being used to update the city’s urban forestry management plan. A 53-page draft plan has been created and the public can send input to Coleman by Monday, Aug. 30.

“We are looking for general feedback. Do they like the plan, are there areas that were missed or need additional information,” Coleman said. “Feedback may be used to make modifications to the plan before it is officially adopted by city council.”

Coleman added the urban forestry management plan will serve as a guide for parks and recreation department staff in the coming years with management of Walla Walla’s urban forest.

The draft urban forestry management plan and supporting information can be found at: https://www.wallawallawa.gov/government/parks-and-recreation/street-trees

The public can email their input Coleman at acoleman@wallawallawa.go or mail to Walla Walla Parks and Recreation, 15 North Third Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Community members who seek printed material or have questions can call 509-527-4527. Staff from Walla Walla Parks and Recreation has been able to perform maintenance on 2,500 trees. By the end of this year, it is expected staff will have evaluated one-third of the city’s street trees and performed any necessary work. No such program existed prior to 2020.

Photo of street trees via the city of Walla Walla