Flowering quince. Orcas Island, Washington. Photo by: Somelab
Seattle City Light LARRY WEIS, General Manager and CEO
Vegetation Management
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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.

Chief Sealth Trail

This years’ April (and May) showers have brought out the May flowers – and the tall grasses along the Chief Sealth Trail. Seattle City Light has contracted with the King Country Community Corrections Division for the last several years to mow this portion of our Transmission Right-of-Way, a partnership that provides participants with meaningful work as an alternative to incarceration. They’ve done a fantastic job for us over the years as they are this year; unfortunately the program got started late and we’re about one month behind where we typically are at this time. Not to worry, the entirely of the trail will have been mowed before the 4th of July weekend. City Light recognizes that great work the Corrections Division has done in the past established an expectation that isn’t currently being met, and we apologize for any inconvenience that may cause. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we move down the right-of-way.

Chief Sealth Trail Overview

The Nation’s Greenest Utility

Greens Seattle Neighborhoods

Since 2012, Seattle City Light's Urban Tree Replacement Program has planted over 900 trees in Seattle's transportation right-of-way (planting strips) in: Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Green Lake, Rainier Beach, West Seattle, and, most recently, Pigeon Point. The trees are staked and mulched when planted and will be watered for three summers to help them survive and thrive. In addition to greening our city, the small stature trees planted under power lines reduce the need for future power line clearance tree pruning. This spring, Seattle City Light partnered with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to plant the trees in Pigeon Point and replace dead trees in the Beacon Hill median.

Pigeon Point Tree Planting Site

Beacon Hill Median Tree Replacement Planting Site

Trees Planted in Pigeon Point and Beacon Hill Median

Dogwood ‘Starlight’
Cornus kousa x nuttallii

Dogwood Starlight
Photo Courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Magnolia ‘Galaxy’
M. Liliiflora x M. Sprengeri ‘Diva’

Magnolia Galaxy
Photo Courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
‘Sugar Tyme’®
Malus ‘Sutyzam’

Crab Apple Sugar
Photo Courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Seattle Department of

Transportation Crews Planting Trees

Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point
Beacon Median
Beacon Median
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