Urban Forestry & Tree Planting Guide

The urban forest refers to all vegetation, both public and private, found growing in cities, towns, and communities. Urban Forestry is the careful care and management of urban forests, (tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment).

Mountlake Terrace is known for its large expanse of trees growing along streets and streams, in parks, neighborhoods and residential yards. Over 268 acres of parks and natural areas grace our city. When strolling through our city, wherever you see trees you see part of the urban forest. This forest provides important benefits to all residents of the city. Because human activity can disrupt natural forest processes, people have an important role in maintaining and enhancing the urban forest.

Thanks to ongoing efforts, our urban forest continues to contribute to the City's well-being. To assure the future existence of our urban forest, everyone must work collectively to protect and enhance this vital asset. Learning how to properly plant, maintain, and preserve your own trees is the most effective action any citizen can take.

Tree Planting Pamphlet

Benefits of Our Urban Forest:

  • Energy Conservation & Beautification
  • Reduction in Air Pollution
  • Water Quality and Erosion Control
  • Increased Property Values

Tree Planting Guide
Tree preservation and protection is an important component of quality urban living. In 2011 City Council began a tree preservation program. A team of University of Washington students, from the Community, Environment and Planning Department, presented their Tree Planting and Presentation project to the City Council during the January 12, 2012 meeting. The project supports and implements the city's Tree Preservation and Protection efforts as identified in the Sustainability Strategy and the Comprehensive Plan.