Preparing for Climate Change in King County, Washington

King County, Washington

Forestry CPR (Climate Preparedness and Response)

Trees are a vital part of our natural world and our health, economy, and culture, and healthy forests are critical infrastructure for communities. Robust urban tree canopies can sequester carbon, provide habitat and food for wildlife, improve shade and cooling effects, and manage stormwater flooding (and reduce the urban heat island effect and air conditioning, thereby lowering GHG emissions associated with building energy use!).  According to research by nonprofit Casey Trees, “people are willing to travel farther, visit more frequently, and pay more for goods and services in business districts with trees—on average 12 percent more.”

NWF partnered with King County, Washington, to help develop an on-line tool for landowners, called Urban and Community Forestry CPR—Climate Preparedness and Response (CPR).  Using CPR, landowners can view land and forest characteristics of their own property using a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool. They can also receive customized forestland management recommendations by taking an online survey. 

NWF Resources

NWF has produced a variety of materials based on the Forestry CPR tool that can be used by local governments, organizations and citizens looking to address climate change.

  • GuidebookThis downloadable guidebook offers guidance on how you can replicate the website and tool for your own community, using CPR as a model.  The guide also includes a section that highlights resources for improving forest health in seven urban regions of the country, as well as climate-smart forestry practices.
  • Online Training Course- This free course highlights why healthy forests are important, and provides general recommendations of actions landowners all over the country can take to address climate change.
  • Forestry CPR Webinar - This archived webinar will introduce you to Forestry CPR, explain the connection between healthy forests and climate change, and highlight available NWF resources.
  • Promo Card - These cards are great to have on hand to help you promote Forestry CPR within your community. Order them for free through NWF.

The Urban and Community Forestry Climate Preparedness and Response program is funded in partnership between King County, the National Wildlife Federation, and the USDA Forest Service, Urban & Community Forestry Program. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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