What You Can Do
People (and other Seattleites, ones with feathers, for example) love trees, and why not? Trees do a lot of great things for Seattle! Here are some ways you can help grow and steward Seattle's trees.
Single- and multi-family dwellings account for the largest portion of the city's land mass (67 percent) and therefore the biggest opportunity for planting new trees. This means many Seattle residents and building owners can make a huge difference in helping us reach Seattle's tree canopy goals. The City, through Seattle Public Utilities, offers an annual tree giveaway and training program.
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation has many opportunities to get involved in helping out with parks events and work parties.
The Tree Ambassador program empowers residents to become stewards of the urban forest and serve as resources for their local community. Tree Ambassadors are trained in the basics of urban forestry and community organizing.
The Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) is a unique public-private venture dedicated to promoting a livable city by re-establishing and maintaining healthy urban forests. The GSP goal is to restore 2,500 acres of forested parklands by 2025 with the help of many dedicated volunteers. Formed in 2004 by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City of Seattle and Forterra (formerly known as Cascade Land Conservancy), the GSP is a one-time, 20-year investment in the restoration of our forests. OSE staffs the GSP’s Management Team and the Executive Council.
Pesticides (weed and bug killers) can damage soil and plant health, poison wildlife like birds, bees and salmon, and harm our families' health. The City of Seattle works to reduce pesticide use in its land management practices and has programs to help residents learn the same natural gardening skills at home.