Urban Forest Restoration
Mark Mead 206-684-4113 | firstname.lastname@example.org
1994, Seattle Parks has been at work enhancing the beauty, sustainability
and safety of our publicly-owned urban forest. City parks cover approximately
10% of Seattle's land, and urban forest extends over much of that area,
in both formal and natural park landscapes.
As open land shrinks and population grows, pressure on this resource
we treasure but have long taken for granted has increased. Throughout
the City, aggressive species like English ivy, holly, laurel and blackberry
have smothered native undergrowth and halted establishment of new tree
generations. With positive intervention we can overturn this trend.
of all ages and walks of life have given abundant time and talent toward
helping us meet this great challenge. The Department's Urban Forest
Restoration Program develops - and with community support - implements
vegetation management plans for individual Seattle
parks. We first document baseline vegetation composition (species) and
condition, as well as landscape history and use, then create specific
recommendations to return the forest to long-term health.
Implementation projects include invasive plant removal, hazard tree
removal, tree and understory planting, maintenance, monitoring, and
public education. This is the work of generations, and with each project
we learn more and build additional bridges to the community.
August 17, 2011