The Tumwater Tree Board talked about a proposed summer program with Tumwater school district, along with recommending a heritage tree, during its regular meeting yesterday.
The Water Resources & Sustainability Department plans to partner with the Tumwater School District, Pacific Educational Institute, and other educational institutions to create an urban forestry program during the summer of 2023.
“Basically, it's a forestry and stream management program,” Water Resources Specialist Grant Gilmore said. “The subject matter is going to consist of forest practice law, one of the subjects is focused on wetland delineation.”
Gilmore shared that the program will be five weeks’ worth of instruction and hands-on science, and the 16 pioneering participants will be high school students from grades 9 to 12.
“I think it's going to be fairly competitive because there's a lot of students that are very interested in the program, but they only want to offer it to those students who are considering a career in conservation forest management,” Gilmore said.
The participants will be selected from a pool of applicants. The youth will experience a total of 180 hours of exposure to different activities connected to forest practice law.
“There'll be a mapping component, and then there'll be opportunities to plant trees and to have and to actually implement a restoration project of their own,” Gilmore added.
The program, projected to start in August, was initiated due to objective 6.2 of the Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP), which is to “maintain a community and urban forestry educational program.”
The City’s Tree Professional assessed and consented to the nomination of the tree last March 15, 2023.
The Tree Board has submitted the application as a recommendation to the City Council for final action.
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