Main Street in Dayton, Washington is lined with historic buildings and large, leafy urban trees. The trees, initially planted in the early 1990's, offer known benefits in regards to traffic calming, general beautification, and noise-dampening. However, as the trees continue to grow, various points of concern have been documented, including damages to sidewalks presumed to be caused by tree roots and large branches falling on privately owned businesses and structures.
The City of Dayton is committed to ensuring balance between our Main St. business owners, Main St. drivers, and all pedestrians in regards to safety and aesthetics. In an effort to achieve this goal, and to better understand the concerns regarding the Main Street Trees, the City of Dayton has contracted with Community Forestry Consultants to develop an Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP). The goal of the UFMP is to offer a better understanding of the alleged problems and to offer a feasible solutions to these issues.
The City has received the first draft of the UFMP. The comment period has closed. Comments received have been forwarded to the consultant for final review and incorporation.
- Apr. 2, 2020 - Draft UFMP
Misc. Materials and Information
- May 8, 2019 Council Minutes (Authorizing an inter-agency agreement with the Dept. of Natural Resources)
- Nov. 20, 2019 Council Minutes (Executing a professional services agreement with Community Forestry Consultants)
- Professional Services Agreement (Agreement with Community Forestry Consultants)
Main Street Trees in the News!