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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Seattle Heritage Tree Program Honors Majestic Scarlet Oak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/30/2008  10:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Nolan Rundquist, City Arborist, 206.615.0957


Seattle Heritage Tree Program Honors Majestic Scarlet Oak
May 31 ceremony celebrates Wedgewood neighborhood tree

SEATTLE - A massive scarlet oak in the Wedgewood neighborhood will be officially designated as a Heritage Tree by the Seattle Heritage Tree Program in a ceremony on Saturday, May 31. The public is invited to the dedication ceremony and celebration, at 11:00 a.m. at 7702 38th Ave NE, for a tree that was voted “best in city” by the program’s nominating committee.

“This street tree is one of Seattle’s most impressive specimens of scarlet oak,” said City Arborist Nolan Rundquist. “The Heritage Tree designation rightfully recognizes both its natural beauty and intrinsic value to the Wedgewood community.”

Begun in 1996, the Seattle Heritage Tree Program is a joint venture between the city of Seattle and Plant Amnesty, a non-profit organization that advocates for the proper care of trees. In the past twelve years, 46 trees have earned the heritage designation.

The Heritage Tree Committee, made up of tree advocates, including arborists from the municipal and commercial sectors, and Plant Amnesty members, evaluates nominated trees from public and private properties. (Private property owners must provide their consent for designation.) A tree is often nominated because it is an excellent specimen with exceptional size, form or rarity. It might also be recognized by virtue of its age, its association with a historic structure or district, or its linkage to a noted person or event. A tree might also be selected because it is a community landmark.

Seattle has more than 140,000 street trees and has received national recognition as a Tree City USA for 23 years in a row. For more information about the Heritage Tree program, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/heritagetree.htm

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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