Discover Queen Anne's Trees
Join our experts on Saturday, April 12 from 10 am - 12 pm for a tour of the incredible trees along Queen Anne Boulevard. Our walk will help you discover some amazing treasures. Meet in front of Coe Elementary, 2424 7th Ave W, Seattle. Free and open to the public. RSVP here.
Can't join us at this time? Download the self-guided walk and discover these amazing trees at your own pace. You can find all our Tree Walks here.
2013 Progress Report and 2014 Work Plan
Curious to know more about what the City of Seattle's urban forestry team is working on? Our 2013 progress report and 2014 work plan are now available.
Seattle Aubudon Launches New Tree Map
Seattle Audubon has recently launced an amibitious new website which seeks to map trees across the city and quantify the many benefits such as cleaner air and cleaner water that those trees provide. Check it out and add your favorite tree today!
Love Trees? Become a Tree Ambassador!
Do you dream of living in a tree house? Do you eagerly await the first leaf buds in the spring? Do you love to lie on your back and watch branches dancing in the breeze? Does a stroll down a tree-lined street put a smile on your face? Apply to be a Tree Ambassador today!
Trees for Neighborhoods Plants 1,000 Trees
With the help of residents across Seattle, Trees for Neighborhoods planted 1,000 trees in 2013! That's 1,000 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, our neighborhoods healthier, and our children inspired. Join the movement in August 2014 when the next application period opens for free trees in your yard.
2013 Urban Forest Stewardship Plan Adopted
On September 16, Seattle City Council voted unanimously to adopt Seattle's Urban Forest Stewardship Plan. This plan provides a path towards reaching the City's goals around urban forestry to foster an ethic of stewardship, increase the health of the urban forest, and grow the forest to 30% canopy cover by 2037.
Our Urban Forest is Among the Top 10 in the Country!
American Forests has just named the 10 Best Cities in the country for urban forestry - and Seattle is one of them! Seattle's high ranking was based on these criteria:
- Civic engagement in maintaining the urban forest;
- Urban forest strategies and city greening to address city infrastructure challenges;
- Accessibility of urban forest and greenspaces to the public;
- Overall health and condition of the city’s urban forest;
- Documented knowledge about its urban forests; and
- Urban forest management plans and management activities.
You can read more in local press reports from King5 and KPLU. You can also check out the case study American Forests recently published about Seattle and see how we stack up compared to Portland, Milwaukee, Denver, Baltimore, and more.
Have a Question about Trees? Ask Our Experts!
Q. Why should I plant a large tree?
A. Healthy, mature trees provide many benefits to people and the environment. To maximize those benefits, plant a tree with the largest mature size that fits your space.
Large trees often become treasured neighborhood assets. Research has shown that they provide higher quality habitat for birds and other wildlife, and they have larger root systems to help stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion. Large trees do more to buffer weather conditions, providing shade on hot days to reduce the need for air conditioning, and blocking winter winds to help save on heating bills.
Large evergreen trees, especially conifers, are even better. Because large conifers grow so tall in our region, they produce a larger volume of leaf area on a smaller footprint – using the same amount of yard space but working harder to take in carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, and filter out air pollutants. And because evergreens hold their needles and leaves through the winter, our rainy season, they reduce stormwater runoff to a much greater extent than do small deciduous trees.
Before choosing a tree, make sure you have enough space for it to reach its mature size. If you have a big enough area, larger trees will provide the most benefits.
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