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Seattle City Light Earns Tree Line USA Recognition

For the second year in a row, the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters have awarded Tree Line USA status to Seattle City Light. Tree Line USA status was granted in recognition of Seattle City Light's efforts to maintain healthy trees under power lines. Certified arborists oversee all tree-related work by Seattle City Light crews and contractors. Seattle City Light achieved Tree Line USA status by meeting five program standards:

1. Follow industry standards for quality tree care
2. Provide annual worker training in best tree-care practices
3. Sponsor a tree planting and public education program
4. Maintain a tree-based energy conservation program
5. Participate in an Arbor Day celebration.


Operation Beautification Wallingford

Saturday, April 19
10 am
Wallingford Center, 1815 N 45th St, Seattle

Help keep Wallingford's street trees beautiful and thriving and clean up the Wallingford business district. For more information, contact Heidi Skinner at the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce; or 206-516-9104


Tree of Life Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, April 25
5 - 7 pm
University Friends Meeting Social Hall Art Gallery
4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle
Free; light finger food provided by Whole Foods
For more information, contact Clarena at or 206-632-9839
Exhibit runs through the end of June; hours are Mon - Fri, 9:30 am - 1 pm; Sat and Sun 10 am - 1 pm or by appointment.

This exhibit, curated by a Tree Ambassador, showcases the artwork of trees by Pacific NW artists as a way to inspire and help Seattle's residents reconnect with nature, specifically the beauty, wisdom, and mystery of trees. The Tree of Life, an ancient and powerful symbol, is deeply embedded in the human psyche. It represents and evokes life, even before science proved its role in providing oxygen and transmuting carbon dioxide.

The 15 Pacific NW artists represent the UW School of Art, the University of Puget Sound School of Art, Sierra Club members, and local community artists from young children to the professional award-winning artist are represented. They have used different media and approaches to expressing the beauty of trees.


Volunteer Park Tree Walk

Sunday, May 4
10 am - 12 pm
Meet in front of the Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St, Seattle
Free and open to the public
RSVP here

Join our experts for a tour of the incredible trees in Volunteer Park. Our walk will help you discover some amazing treasures. This walk is a part of Jane's Walk, an international event celebrating the legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs. Jane's Walk in the Puget Sound region is organized by Feet First, a non-profit devoted to promoting walkable communities across Washington. Visit Feet First for more information or check out this link for more community walks throughout the area.

Can't join us at this time? Download a self-guided tour 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!


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!

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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