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Our Mission

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.

This Spring Seattle City Light is partnering with the Seattle Department of Transportation to plant 150 trees in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. New trees will beautify the planting strips of 73 homes. Residents chose from 6 kinds of trees: Ruby Slippers Maple, Ruby Vase Persian Ironwood, Serviceberry, Adirondack Crabapple, Sugar Tyme Crabapple, and Golden Raindrops Crabapple.

Planting Area

SDOT Crew Planting Trees

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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The Right Tree Book
Printable PDF with selection and planting tips.

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(206) 386-1650

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