Help the Urban Forestry Commission Throw Some Shade

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The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two positions on its Urban Forestry Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

The vacancy is for two full, four-year terms. The positions are open to anyone with a passion for trees, and an interest in maintaining and growing the city’s urban tree canopy. There is no city residency requirement to serve. However, applicants must be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

To apply online, visit To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, [email protected], or by calling 360-487-8607.

Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission has seven citizen members who assist the City’s Urban Forestry program in its efforts to manage and conserve the city’s trees, now and for future generations. The commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

The advisory role of the commission includes reviewing and informing urban forestry policy and regulation, and administration of the Heritage Tree Program and the Urban Forestry Program’s work plan. The commission is an active working group that also performs community outreach by helping to plan and implement tree events, building neighborhood association relationships, and by supporting public education and community recognition programs related to the appreciation of our community’s trees.

Visit to learn more about the Urban Forestry Commission, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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