Tree Maintenance Program
Seattle Parks and Recreation Department's Tree Maintenance Program
maintains the health and safety of trees through out the City's park
system. As with the Urban Forest Restoration Program the Department
has gained important new resources to help maintain our urban forest
canopy. Along with the maintenance of trees inside the City's parks
and boulevards, the Tree Crews respond to citizen inquires regarding
trees along the boundary of Parks, hazard tree reviews from staff and
citizens, and a significant number of tree health and care questions
from the general public.
A new Tree Crew, funded by the Pro Parks Levy, will be starting in
early 2002. This crew will join two other highly skilled crews working
on hazard tree reduction, health and safety pruning, general tree maintenance,
and public viewpoint maintenance. There are currently four International
Society of Aboriculture Certified Arborists within the program. Ongoing
training in proper pruning, safety, and new equipment sharpen the already
well established skills of the crews. In addition, other new funding
through the Pro Parks Bond Levy, has allowed the Department to purchase
equipment that will aid in the rapid recycling of logs and chips the
There are also two new programs within the Tree Maintenance Program.
The Hazard Tree Reduction Project and a new type of crew to the Parks
Department, the Natural Area Maintenance Crew. The Hazard Tree Project
was created to address significant trees that are outside the safe operational
capabilities of the Tree Crews. These large trees require the use of
highly specialized equipment.
The Natural Area Crew will address the specific needs found in our
Open Spaces and Natural Areas. The Natural Area Crew will work on a
multitude of tasks, from cleanup of refuse to supporting volunteer trail
and forestry projects on the weekends. This crew represents a commitment
by the Parks and Recreation Department and the City to revitalizing
our green infrastructure.
If you have any question regarding the Tree Crew or the Natural Area
Crew or any question regarding trees in Seattle's parks contact:
Mark Mead, Senior Urban Forester
(206) 684-4113 | Mark.Mead@seattle.gov
July 23, 2007
Parks Foundation makes it easy to directly support the health
and beauty of Seattles parks and green spaces. Donate a tree
in honor of a loved one, as a gift, or to commemorate a special occasion.
Tree Management, Maintenance, Pruning, and/or Removal
To maintain, preserve and enhance the urban forest within parks. To
increase the overall tree canopy, tree health and tree longevity within
parks and to ensure that parks trees are managed in a manner that is
consistent with other departmental and municipal policies.