The Call for Session Proposals for the 16th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference is open now through June 30th. The conference will be held February 2-4, 2017 in St. Louis, MO!

This year’s event will be built on the first fifteen highlight successful conference in this series, which collectively brought together an audience of close to 20,000 people from across the US. This conference is unique in that it focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to implementing smart growth principles to help build safer, healthier, more economically viable, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly communities across the nation.

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APA Washington members are eligible to receive discounted conference registration for the upcoming Transportation and Communities Summit.

The discount code is:

Early Bird APA Washington Member; Full Conference - $275:  APA_TCS16

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APA Washington | Inland Empire Section
2016 Annual Conference: Thursday-Friday, June 2-3, 2016
Elkins Resort, Priest Lake, Idaho

Please see the event webpage for more details and registration.

Event Contact: Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Specialist, WA State Department of Natural Resources; 360-902-1382;

I hope you will consider attending the 2016 Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI), which will be held later this fall. CTMI is an intensive training and professional development course covering topics relevant to urban and community forestry management in the Pacific Northwest. The course has just been re-designed to emphasize peer-to-peer learning within three creative, dynamic, and engaging sessions:

  • Session 1: Community: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering communications, public outreach, partnership building, working with diverse audiences, working with tree boards and committees, and principles of leadership. (September 12-14 at the Alderbrook Resort and Hotel in Union, WA)
  • Session 2: Trees: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering technical foundations including tree I.D., pruning, planting, tree and site selection, utility arboriculture, and a tour of municipal forestry operations. (October 11-13 at the Hilton Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, WA, and other field sites in the Portland-Vancouver metro region)
  • Session 3: Management: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering days of principles and practices for managing trees such as ordinance development, tree inventory, management planning, and strategies to advance your urban forestry program. (November 8-10 at the Oregon Garden Resort and Conference Center in Silverton, OR)
Each Session will also require pre- and post-work in the form of readings, videos, presentations and participation in group discussions online. The tuition fee includes course materials, instruction, some meals, and transportation for the Session 2 field tour. Travel to-and-from each session, some meals and lodging costs will not be covered by tuition, although each facility will have a block of rooms available at government per diem rates. Individuals who are actively engaged in urban and community forestry management in Oregon and Washington are eligible for CTMI. The course will be limited to 30 participants; applications from municipal and other public employees will take precedence. ISA Certified Arborists in attendance will be eligible for continuing education units. Visit for registration and other info. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have about the course. Thank you for considering the 2016 Community Tree Management Institute. 

Tribal and local government leaders and planners may be aware of historic preservation capital projects within their capital facilities plans and elsewhere in their communities. These projects may be eligible for state funding!

The Washington State Historical Society is proud to announce the next application cycle of the Heritage Capital Projects Program. The Grant Application for the 2017-2019 biennium and the 2017-2019 Application Workshop Schedule are available below. Six free three-hour Grant Application Workshops are planned for March and April 2016, and completed Grant Applications will be due May 19, 2016.

Through the competitive Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grant program, the state provides up to ten million dollars each biennium to reimburse up to 33.33% of the eligible costs of selected heritage capital projects; and, grantees must provide at least 66.67% match. Applicants may request a minimum HCP grant of $7,500.00 and no more than $750,000.00. To meet the legislative intent of the HCP, applicants must demonstrate significant public benefit in the form of heritage interpretation and preservation, involve property that will be held a minimum of 13 years beyond the completion of the project and have the capacity and readiness to undertake and complete their capital project by June 30, 2019.

The 2017-2019 HCP Grant Application and Guidelines, and the Application Workshop schedule are posted on the HCP webpage at

Climate Initiatives Forum Webinar

The climate discussion in Washington state is heating up! With several legislative and ballot measures being considered this year, it is important to get accurate and up to date information about each one. APA Washington is hosting a webinar forum for our members across the state providing details directly from the sponsors about these important carbon policy initiatives. Join us on March 4th over the lunch hour to hear the latest and help APA Washington determine our position.

Get informed about the two climate initiatives in the works this year (Carbon Washington and the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy) as well as an update on other legislative efforts on climate change.

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Please see the Event Webpage for more details and registration!

2016 Spring AICP Exam Study Session
South Seattle Community College
Saturday, March 19, 2016
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Session proposals are currently being accepted for the Inland Empire Section Conference on June 2-3, 2016.

Please see the Conference Webpage for more details and submission instructions.

Futurewise is one of Washington's premier smart growth organizations. Their work recognizes and supports the relationship between thriving, healthy, equitable communities and the wellbeing of the environment. As such, they present their signature Livable Communities Awards every year to honor organizations, institutions and communities using innovative policies, programs or projects that exemplify smart growth principles and further their mission to protect natural resource areas and create healthy livable communities. These will be presented at their Spring Luncheon on March 16, 2016 in front of hundreds of leaders in planning, development, and government.

The link to the nominations form is here:

There's also some more information about the event for any interested in attending:

The video of Chuck Marohn's presentation at the APA Washington-hosted Curbside Chat on January 6th is currently streaming on Youtube at Thank you to all who attended and made this such a successful event!

On January 6, APA WA hosted a Curbside Chat with Charles Marohn, Strong Towns founder and President, at the South Puget Sound Community College in Lacey. We were honored to host this event alongside the Thurston Regional Planning Council, and over 100 members of APA WA attended. 

Due to the interest and enthusiasm following Strong Towns presentations, Charles hosts a free monthly Q&A webinar. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions you weren't able to at the event or that have come up since the presentation. If you were interested in attending the presentation but couldn't make it, this would also be a great chance to learn more.

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December 2015 Volume XXVIII, Issue 11


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APAWA has just published the 2014-2015 Biennial Report! Read through the report to catch up on the chapter's progress from the past two years.
APA Washington Southwest Section: Fall 2015 Newsletter

October 2015 Volume XXVIII, Issue 10


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September 2015 Volume XXVIII, Issue 9


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Friday, October 30, 2015
6:00 pm—10:00 pm
South Campus Court (next to WSU Bookie) EWU Riverpoint Campus 
Spokane, WA
Please see the invitation flyer for more information!

August 2015 Volume XXVIII, Issue 8


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July 2015 Volume XXVIII, Issue 7


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