Tree canopy coverage refers to the amount of area that is covered by tree foliage. The City of Redmond is currently at 38.1% tree canopy (as of 2017) and the City is working hard to see this grow. Through public involvement, we learned that the community also has a strong desire to retain Redmond’s distinctive green character and increase the number of trees throughout the city.
Why is this so important?
Increasing the tree canopy will provide multiple environmental benefits including water, air and habitat improvements. It also improves the natural aesthetics, increases property values, combats climate change and improves wildlife habitat.
In 2019, the City adopted a goal of 40% tree canopy by 2050.
This goal was established based on community input and represents a 200-acre increase in canopy from where we are today. The City currently restores and plants approximately two acres of trees and shrubs annually and will be planting four acres of trees in 2019 and 2020 to support this goal.
The City of Redmond adopted a Tree Canopy Strategic Plan in 2019 to outline strategies to achieve the 40% tree canopy coverage goal - that can be accomplished over a thirty-year time horizon.
Three Ways to Get Involved
Help Us Preserve and Increase Redmond’s Tree Canopy
Achieving a 40% tree canopy is not something the City can do alone. Over half the opportunity for increasing canopy is on private lands, and we need the help of the community. Redmond's character and the main attraction for many community members is its trees, wooded areas, and urban forests.
Access planting tips, tree care, and other great resources below.
Help plant trees, and restore forested areas at an upcoming planting event.
Green Redmond Day Saturday, October 26 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Register
Get involved with one of our partners.
Green Redmond Partnership The Green Redmond Partnership was launched by the City of Redmond and Forterra in 2009 to restore 1,035 acres of forested parks and natural areas by 2029. Learn more
EarthCorps EarthCorps works to ensure that people and nature can thrive together. City of Redmond partners with EarthCorps to host volunteer events that are focused on improving the forests and parks in Redmond. Volunteer opportunities are available all throughout the year. Learn more