Environmental Bainbridge serves as an umbrella for environmental groups striving to promote sustainability and stewardship. We believe saving the planet starts at home and effective activism does not trivialize environmental principles.

Important Upcoming Meeting- This Saturday, November 15th – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ABC – The Association of Bainbridge Communities
Hosts the 13th Environmental Conference
The Future of Trees on Bainbridge Island
A workshop on the importance of trees and the draft tree ordinance
Date & Time: Saturday, November 15th – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Waterfront Community Center, 370 Brien Way, Bainbridge Island

RSVP is apprecitated or Questions to ABC at: biabc2000@yahoo.com

Over the past 15 years, we have seen a significant loss of our tree canopy on Bainbridge from both small developments and large, like the recent clearing of the Visconsi shopping mall. This conference will focus on the importance of trees on our lifestyles, what the City of Bainbridge is planning, what is needed as part of a comprehensive tree retention ordinance, what other cities and counties are doing and how Citizens can participate in the process.


  • Dr. Kathy Wolf from the UW School of Forestry, an internationally recognized expert on the benefits of Urban Forests will present her findings.
  • Dr. Olaf Ribeiro an Internationally recognized expert on Tree health issues will present his findings on Historic Tree retention and loss of tree canopy on Bainbridge.
  • Ben Thompson Urban Forestry Specialist Department of Natural Resources will discuss Essential Elements of a Tree Ordinance.
  • Nolan Rundquist Seattle City Arborist will present information on Seattle’s efforts to retain trees.

1:00 – Introduction – Charles Schmid ABC

1:10 – ABC Presentation of ‘Environmentalist of the Year’ to Dr. Olaf Ribeiro, by Dale Spoor, President of ABC

1:25 – Benefits of Urban Forests – Kathy Wolf, College of Forest Resources, Univ. of Washington

2:50 – Overview of Loss of Tree Canopy on Bainbridge Island – Olaf Ribeiro, Bainbridge Island Arborist/Consultant

2:05 – Essential Elements of a Tree Ordinance – Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Specialist Department of Natural Resources

2:30 – Experiences in the Implementation of Tree Ordinances – Nolan Rundquist, Seattle City Arborist/Municipal Specialist

2:55 – Break -

3:10 – Panel Discussion- Experience on the Effectiveness of Tree Ordinances:
Steve Ericson Whidbey Environmental Action Network, Jon Quitslund Ad-hoc Bainbridge Island Tree Ordinance Committee, Debbie Vann former City Council Member and Ben Thompson, DNR

4:00 – Breakout sessions:

  • Important Elements of Tree Ordinances– Nolan Rundquist, Jon Quitslund,
  • Understanding the Importance of Urban Forests– Kathy Wolf
  • Citizen Views on Retaining Trees versus Tradeoffs– Debbie Vann

5:00 Each breakout session writes a summary of their meeting and adjourn

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