Trees and Urban Forest Management

The City of Burien works with residents and businesses to maximize the aesthetic, environmental, and economic impact that trees provide by managing, preserving, and enhancing Burien’s existing tree canopy and vegetation.

The City manages major street planting projects and the inspection, pruning, and removal of hazardous trees. The City also provides information and resources to homeowners, businesses, and developers on proper planting and care of trees.

Green Cities Partnership

With funding from the Port of Seattle’s Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund, Forterra, a local nonprofit, is expanding its Green Cities Partnership program to Burien, SeaTac and Des Moines. The partnership will help the City of Burien restore and care for Burien’s urban forest. The project goals through 2020 include:

  • Assessments of current tree canopy cover and forest health conditions in parks and natural areas.
  • Community outreach and engagement to guide project prioritization and implementation.
  • Developing a 20-year plan for restoring forests and increasing tree canopy in Burien.
  • Implementation of projects and volunteer programs to organize local neighbors and community groups to plant trees, remove invasive plant species, and meet restoration goals.