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Vegetation Management is committed to ensuring safe and reliable power delivery through the comprehensive and environmentally responsible management of the vegetation our lines and infrastructure impact.

The Rainier Beach Neighborhood Gets New Street Trees

Planting Team

On Saturday, October 11, as part of the City of Seattle's Urban Tree Replacement Program, volunteers and employees from Seattle City Light and ReLeaf planted 23 trees in the Rainier Beach Neighborhood. Small stature trees: American Hornbeams, Flowering Dogwoods, Ironwoods, and Paperbark Maples were planted in parking strips under power lines. These trees will provide shade and beautify the neighborhood without causing power line conflicts. Including these trees, Seattle City Light will plant a total of 200 trees in Seattle this year through the Urban Tree Replacement Program. More pictures of this planting project can be found at:

You've trimmed my trees before, but you've never done THAT!

City Light pays close attention to what our customers are saying to us and about us, and lately we've received a number of concerned emails and phone calls about the degree to which we're trimming trees in our service area.

We're always willing to come out and speak with concerned customers about our line clearance operations, but we need to hear from you before the work begins to avoid disappointment, anger and/or frustration after the fact. City Light hangs door-hanger notification cards at EVERY PROPERTY where we intend to work.

As soon as you see that door-hanger, if you have any questions or concerns about how we're going to trim your tree, contact us immediately. Call the number on the door-hanger, or email us your name, address and the Feeder and Site number on the door-hanger to sclvegetation@seattle.gov.

There is a lot of planning, training and resources that go into the line clearance program and we'd like to take a moment to share with you some changes that have been made within the last few years and how they've influenced the work we do. To find out more, CLICK HERE.

Protecting Our Lines, Respecting Our Environment

Everyone at Seattle City Light is committed to producing and delivering environmentally responsible, safe, low cost and reliable power - Vegetation Management is no exception.

It's no easy task; with over 1,700 miles of lines running through eight cities and Unincorporated King County, and 657 miles of transmission right-of-way spread across five counties, we have hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs, vines, and landscapes to maintain. With a small core of dedicated utility vegetation management professionals and a network of highly trained, qualified contractors we work year-round to find solutions to these ever-growing challenges.

The utility vegetation management industry is evolving and City Light is growing with it. In the last 25 years advances in arboriculture - the study of trees, shrubs and vines - have unlocked a deeper understanding of how woody plants respond to pruning and injury.

Come explore our programs - find out more about who we are, what we do, how and why. Learn about the challenges and opportunities Vegetation Management faces as the demands for reliable, safe energy and our urban forests continue to grow.
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