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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Certified arborists will be out in force on Friday

12/6/2007  9:15:00 AM
Deborah Brown, Arboriculturist (206) 684-5047
Peg Nielsen, Communications Office, (206) 684-8114
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Certified arborists will be out in force on Friday

SEATTLE- This Friday, December 7, professional arborists will be out in numbers pruning and maintaining Seattle’s trees in West Seattle, Ballard and the Central District. Fifty professional arborists, who are certified by the International Society of Arborists (ISA) and work for Seattle firms, will be volunteering their time and skills to assist the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Urban Forestry division with this major one-day undertaking.

SDOT, in cooperation with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ISA and the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), is sponsoring the work day. This unique partnership is an effort to address the Mayor’s goal to further his “Climate Action Now” agenda by maintaining Seattle’s street trees while also offering an opportunity to fund tree research and educate the public about the role of professional arborists in properly maintaining our urban trees.

The TREE Fund is a non-profit organization which funds projects and programs that advance knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees and the environment. The volunteer pruning day helps both Seattle’s urban forest and the TREE fund.

To ensure access to street trees, parking will be restricted from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in these locations:

• West Seattle - 35th Ave. SW from SW Holden St. to SW Alaska St.

• Central District - Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S Jackson St. to E Yesler Way
29th Ave S from S Union St. to S Jefferson St.

• Ballard - 8th Ave. NW from NW 65th St. to NW 90th St.
5th Ave NW from NW 65th St to NW 85th St.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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