Urban Forestry

Trees in Vancouver

Our Urban Forestry Program aims to maximize the environmental, social and economic benefits that trees provide to those who live, work and visit Vancouver.

We focus on preserving, managing and enhancing existing trees and other vegetation while also promoting the reforestation of the urban area. Through proper permitting, active tree management and community outreach and programming, we strive to make Vancouver a greener city one tree at a time.

Tree City USA

Vancouver, Washington has been recognized for more than three decades as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. We’ve also received the Arbor Foundation’s Growth Award for over two decades due to our commitment to growing and preserving Vancouver’s tree canopy.

Frequently asked questions

Who is responsible for maintenance/removal of street trees?

As in most of the Pacific Northwest, the adjacent property owner is responsible for maintenance and removal of street trees in the City of Vancouver. Adjacent property owners are required to apply for and secure a Tree Permit from the City before beginning any work. Please email Urban Forestry or call 360-487-8332 and we will schedule a site inspection.

Do I need a permit?

There are two kinds of permits required for trees in the City of Vancouver: one for street trees and one for private trees. Failure to obtain a permit before starting work will result in a violation and monetary fines, so check for appropriate permits before removing any tree.

Urban Forestry Commission

The Urban Forestry Commission was established to advise the Mayor and City Council on local and regional tree-related issues. The seven-person commission assists the city to develop good management practices to conserve the city’s trees and forests, educate community members on the importance of urban trees, organize tree plantings and administer awards.

Contact us

Vancouver Urban Forestry
P.O. Box 1995
Vancouver, WA 98668
Phone: 360-487-8332, Fax: 360-487-8305