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News Release
City seeks volunteers to serve on Urban Forestry Commission - 05/12/22

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants interested in filling three vacancies on its volunteer Urban Forestry Commission (UFC). The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12. 

The UFC is an active working group that helps plan and implement tree events, build neighborhood association relationships, support public education, and plan community recognition programs related to appreciation of our community’s trees. Vancouver is proud to have been named Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 33 years, an honor that is due in large part to the work of the commission members.

The commission’s advisory role includes reviewing and informing Vancouver’s urban forestry policies and regulations, assisting with updating the Urban Forestry program’s work plan, and administering the Heritage Tree Program, Arbor Day recognition and awards programs. 

The UFC understands we all share in the responsibility to create a positive culture and to ensure equity, inclusion, dignity and respect for all. Those who have an interest in urban forestry and the environmental, economic, health and social benefits trees provide are urged to apply. All applicants must also be available for an interview with City Councilmembers on a date to be determined.

The UFC has seven resident members who can serve two, four-year terms. One of these vacancies is held by an individual whose term is expiring and may reapply. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants. The other vacancies are for a mid-term appointment expiring in June 2023 and a full-term that would expire in 2026. The commission meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings will be conducted either in-person or through a hybrid option. 

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact the boards and commissions coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8600.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ufc to learn more about the UFC, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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