Money Growing for Trees in Your City

Tackling stormwater in Puget Sound is an all-hands on deck situation. Organizations throughout the Puget Sound region are using innovative and creative solutions to address this challenge that continues to be the No. 1 polluter of our waterways.

There is one solution that is increasingly getting attention, which is more about going back to the basics: trees!

TNC volunteers were guided by EarthCorps volunteers to complete a restoration project along Longfellow Creek in Georgetown, Seattle. They planting 200 trees, and learned more about relationships between rainwater and freshwater health. Photo by Milo Zorzino. 

Trees in urban areas — especially those close to impervious surfaces — reduce stormwater pollution by intercepting water before it hits the ground and helping it infiltrate the soil if it does hit the ground.

© Erica Simek Sloniker / TNC

Today, The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with City Habitats, is releasing a "request for proposals" to support the capacity of local organizations to implement tree planting throughout Puget Sound urban areas, including on public and private lands.   

We are seeking projects that will enhance the urban forest canopy, with specific focus on contributing to positive stormwater management, human wellbeing and other benefits.

$200,000 in funding will be distributed through this request for proposals; an additional round of funding will be released in 2019. 

Proposals are due June 18. 

Download the full request for proposal for more information