Pass HB 1216 - Support Washington's Urban Forests.

We need your help to increase protection for urban and community trees and forests in Washington State. HB 1216 has been introduced by Rep. Ramos and 8 other sponsors in the Washington State Legislature. It is a high priority bill to pass this session.

HB 1216 would direct the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to assist Washington cities and towns and counties in our state with tree inventories and canopy analysis, the development of Urban Forestry Management Plans and drafting local Tree Ordinances.

This bill was requested by the Department of Natural Resources and is supported By Governor Jay Inslee. Governor Inslee has earmarked $2.7 million dollars in his proposed State Budget to support DNR’s efforts to increase protection for trees and urban forests. HB 1216 would help the state meet its goals of increasing climate resilience, protecting human health and addressing environmental equity.

HB 1216 has been successfully voted out of the House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The bill has been forwarded to the House Appropriations Committee which will deal with funding the bill. To stay alive in the session, HB 1216 has to be voted out of the Appropriations Committee by Feb. 22, 2021.

We have prepared a pre-written letter that you can quickly send to all house members to urge that they pass HB 1216. Just fill in the contact information to let them know who you are and click on the link to start writing. Add your own comments to personalize the letter and click SEND.

Thanks for your help!