RCW 35.105.070

Model evergreen community management plansElements to consider.

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In the development of model evergreen community management plans under RCW 35.105.050, the department shall consider including, but not be limited to, the following elements:
(1) Inventory and assessment of the jurisdiction's urban and community forests utilized as a dynamic management tool to set goals, implement programs, and monitor outcomes that may be adjusted over time;
(2) Canopy cover goals;
(3) Reforestation and tree canopy expansion goals within the city's, town's, and county's boundaries;
(4) Restoration of public forests;
(5) Achieving forest stand and diversity goals;
(6) Maximizing vegetated stormwater management with trees and other vegetation that reduces runoff, increases soil infiltration, and reduces stormwater pollution;
(7) Environmental health goals specific to air quality, habitat for wildlife, and energy conservation;
(8) Vegetation management practices and programs to prevent vegetation from interfering with or damaging utilities and public facilities;
(9) Prioritizing planting sites;
(10) Standards for tree selection, siting, planting, and pruning;
(11) Scheduling maintenance and stewardship for new and established trees;
(12) Staff and volunteer training requirements emphasizing appropriate expertise and professionalism;
(13) Guidelines for protecting existing trees from construction-related damage and damage related to preserving territorial views;
(14) Integrating disease and pest management;
(15) Wood waste utilization;
(16) Community outreach, participation, education programs, and partnerships with nongovernment organizations;
(17) Time frames for achieving plan goals, objectives, and tasks;
(18) Monitoring and measuring progress toward those benchmarks and goals;
(19) Consistency with the urban wildland interface codes developed by the state building code council;
(20) Emphasizing landscape and revegetation plans in residential and commercial development areas where tree retention objectives are challenging to achieve; and
(21) Maximizing building heating and cooling energy efficiency through appropriate siting of trees for summer shading, passive solar heating in winter, and for wind breaks.
[ 2008 c 299 § 12.]

NOTES:

Short title2008 c 299: See note following RCW 35.105.010.