The Tacoma Tree Foundation empowers community members to plant and care for trees in Tacoma. We see trees and plants as part of a healthy and livable community.
At the Tacoma Tree Foundation, we see greening as a gateway to civic engagement and an opportunity to cultivate social cohesion. We focus our efforts on educating, empowering, and supporting community members in greening activities. At the Tacoma Tree Foundation, we also know that communities need more than trees to be healthy, so our community events include access to other resources, depending on the interest and needs of the neighborhood. Below are some of the activities we are currently focused our efforts on.
Planting is a gateway to civic engagement and community cohesion.
The Tacoma Tree Foundation was created in 2018 as a result of a growing awareness of the interest and excitement that area residents have for trees. The Tacoma Tree Foundation was created as an organization that would focus specifically on educating, supporting, and coordinating community planting in the Tacoma area.
How we work
Network of Community Tree Stewards
Through a nine hour training program, community tree champions learn proper planting techniques, tree care best practices, local regulations, and how to answer tree-related questions. Tacoma Tree Foundation works with community tree stewards to implement and maintain neighborhood plantings. To participate in the Community Tree Stewards Program, email email@example.com
Voice for Sustainable Urban Forestry
Tacoma Tree Foundation helps to lend a voice to tree preservation and tree care both of which are important components of a sustainable tree canopy. We develop community platforms regarding increasing tree preservation, ensuring community perspectives are considered before tree removals due to construction, encouraging equitable distribution of environmental resources, encouraging support for tree removal of hazardous trees, and elevating understanding of tree care best practices (including improving pruning practices). If you would like to participate in this work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pop-Up Urban Forests
We bring plants to neighborhoods and invite neighbors to be playful and imagine how plants can be incorporated into the landscape. If you would like to learn more about our Pop-Up Urban Forests, email email@example.com.
Stems for Science
We integrate science and science literacy into many aspects of our work, including through community tree mapping and inventory work. If you would like to learn more about our science literacy and mapping projects, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events and Workshops
Civic Engagement Alert: STC Meeting - fourth thursday every month
Discuss Tacoma’s Urban forest at the Sustainable Tacoma Commission at 4:30 in the Municipal Services Building room 243. For more information on the commission visit the City of Tacoma website here.
Civic Engagement Alert: Fireman’s Park Public Meeting - August 29 2019
A public meeting to talk about Fireman’s Park. Come to the Municipal Services building, room 148 at 6 pm, for an opportunity to voice your perspective on tree preservation and encourage tree preservation as an alternative. For more information about this meeting visit the City of Tacoma website here.
Hops for Treetops - September 7 2019
Join us for a walking tour of the trees around Tacoma. We will visit three breweries and 22 trees found in the neighborhood, practice measuring trees, and enjoy a comfortable walk . Register today by filling out the form here. ( Must be 21 to register)
Growing a Sustainable Urban Forest in Tacoma - September 18 2019
Join us at Wheelock Library in Tacoma to learn about the Urban Forest Management Plan, Tree Canopy Assessment, the fascinating technology of LiDAR and participatory tree mapping. You will also have a chance to share your thoughts about tree related priorities in the city.
Tree Canopy Talk - september 19 2019
Join us for a brown bag lunch to discuss the Tacoma tree canopy, LiDAR technology and tree plotter.
Tree Management Talk - September 19 2019
Join us for an evening talk on the urban forest management plan and tree plotter.
Tree Stewards Training - Fall 2019
Become a recognized Tree Steward with the Tacoma Tree Foundation. During this 8-hour program, participants will learn best practices for planting and caring for young trees, how to talk to your neighbors about trees, how to organize tree planting events, and how to access available resources. Register today by filling out the form here.
Tree Walk and Talk
Join us to learn more about nearby trees. We will learn about different kinds of trees at the park and the surrounding neighborhood, practice measuring trees, and enjoy a comfortable walk.
Urban tree sale - open now
Pierce Conservation District has a great opportunity to get low cost trees for your property. Register here.
Grit City Trees - open now
Group applications are still open for you and your neighbors to apply for free street trees through the City of Tacoma. Tacoma Tree Foundation is happy to help support the group application process and the planting day for you and your neighbors. Apply here.
hilltop tree Distributions - Fall 2019
We have two Hilltop programs this fall. The Hilltop Shade Tree Program- free shade trees available for the south side of properties. This project is a partnership between Tacoma Tree Foundation and TPU. The Hilltop Native Plant and Fruit Tree Distribution provides a variety of trees and plants to help green Tacoma. Register today by filling out the form here.
Tree Warming party
Become a host and invite your friends and neighbors to a tree party in your home. We will bring some trees and plants and discuss how to green your neighborhood. Register today by filling out the form here.