Tree Canopy
Our Redmond community values protection and enhancement of our natural environment and sustainability of our natural resources. As we invest in our environment, trees play a critical role.

  • What is the Tree Canopy and why is it important?

    The tree canopy refers to the percentage of a city that’s covered by trees when viewed from above. Trees help purify the air, generate oxygen, slow and absorb stormwater runoff, stabilize slopes, reduce erosion, mask noise, contain glare, and conserve energy. They enhance the community’s appearance, identity, and natural beauty. Trees also provide habitat for birds and a variety of wildlife.

  • How do we monitor and protect trees?

    The City already has policies and programs in place to monitor and protect our trees, while at the same time accommodating growth and development.

    • Our Tree Preservation Ordinance sets development requirements to avoid extensive removal of trees and incentives for protecting existing trees. When tree removal is a necessity during land development, mitigation is required through on and off-site tree replacement.

    • All significant trees in the City of Redmond, regardless of location (private property, city-owned property, easements, etc.) are subject to our permitting and protection requirements.

    • Our Green Redmond Partnership is a volunteer-focused program to bring 1035 acres of forested parkland into active management, removing non-native, invasive plants and replanting with native trees and shrubs.

    • We also proactively manage and maintain nearly 8,000 ornamental street trees along major arterials and downtown to promote long-term health

    • Our buffer enhancement program includes planting in stream buffers and removal of invasives

  • Tree Canopy Strategic Plan

    To ensure we continue to increase tree canopy across the city, city staff is currently developing a Tree Canopy Strategic Plan. This plan will establish a canopy goal, proposed timeline, and methods for achieving that goal, focusing on policies, cost and public support.

    What makes up our Urban Forest?

    • Publicly owned trees including street trees and park plantings. This portion is intended for benefit of the entire community

    • Private landscaping includes trees in private yards as well as small and large-scale corporate plantings

    • Greenbelts or natural preserves that may be in public or private ownership

    Part of the Tree Canopy Strategic Plan will include a comprehensive community-wide discussion of:

    • Current canopy coverage

    • Opportunities for canopy expansion

    • What should our overall goal for Tree Canopy Coverage be?

    • Current tree protection policies and regulations

    • Ongoing maintenance and management of the existing tree canopy

    • Development of a plan to increase tree canopy on public and private lands

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Tree Canopy Cover *Click on image above to learn the importance of the tree canopy

Tree Canopy Status *Click on chart above to compare our tree canopy to neighboring cities