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Council News Release

5/29/2008  9:58:00 AM
Phyllis Shulman, Conlin Office, (206) 684-8805

Council President Richard Conlin
Councilmember Sally Clark

Legislation will extend the Citys protection efforts to groups of trees

SEATTLE Council President Richard Conlin and Councilmember Sally Clark today announced new legislation that will extend the Citys efforts to preserve the urban forest by protecting groves of trees. Council President Conlin, chair of the Environment, Emergency Management and Utilities Committee, said, Current city regulations allow for protection of large individual trees but we need to do more to preserve groves of trees and their unique ecological value. Councilmember Clark, chair of the Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, said, In order to meet the Citys goal of enlarging our tree canopy, we need to work to preserve as many existing groups of trees as possible.

Due to the impact of development, Seattles urban tree canopy has fallen from 40 percent of the citys land in 1972 to 18 percent today. The Council has already adopted a goal of one percent per year increase in the urban tree canopy until once again trees cover 40 percent of the citya goal that is consistent with the recommendations of American Forests, the nations oldest non-profit citizens conservation organization. The new legislation on protecting tree groves will be considered by the Environment, Emergency Management and Utilities Committee at its Tuesday, June 24 meeting at 2 pm and could be acted on by the Full Council as soon as Monday, June 30.

Council President Conlin said, Increasing the tree canopy will enhance air and water quality, and help lessen the impact of climate changing gases. Councilmember Clark said, Preserving tree groves is a vital part of greening the Emerald City.


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