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?
You may be a tree lover! Apply now to join your fellow tree lovers in creating a culture of caring for our trees. Learn more about Tree Ambassadors.
Volunteer Park Tree Walk
Saturday, March 15
10 am - noon
Seattle Asian Art Museum entrance, 1400 E Prospect St 98112
Join us for a guided tour of some of the magnificent trees in Volunteer Park. We'll be walking the NW loop of the Volunteer Park Tree Walk. Can't make it this time? Download the walk and take it at your own pace.
New Interactive Trees for Neighborhoods Map
Curious where the 5,200 trees distributed through Trees for Neighborhoods are planted? Check out this new interactive online map. Click on different layers to explore tree plantings by year, type, and neighborhood.
Think there's room for a tree in your yard? Consider participating in Trees for Neighborhoods next year!
Street Tree Manual Available
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has just released a new resource to provide a one-stop tree care reference for residents, developers, contractors, and tree service providers. The manual outlines the requirements and standards established in the 2013 Street Tree Ordinance. Click this link to open and explore the new manual.
If you have questions about the manual, contact SDOT at (206) 684-TREE or Seattle.Trees@seattle.gov.
Greening Rainier Beach
The City of Seattle is focusing on growing trees in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Throughout the year, you may see us working on important tree projects such as planting, caring for young trees, pruning, and clearing trees away from power lines to reduce power outages. Learn more about our efforts in Rainier Beach and how you can get involved.
Check out these photo highlights of our work from 2014!
Stop Tree Topping
If your trees are being pruned, be sure they are not being topped. Tree topping is an outdated pruning practice that indiscriminately removes large amounts of leaves and branches. It looks terrible, causes serious damage to the tree, and often turns a safe tree into a safety hazard. Check out this great resource from the City of Tacoma on why tree topping is a terrible way to treat your tree. If you are hiring someone to prune your trees, make sure they are an ISA Certified Arborist. A legitimate arborist will never recommend tree topping.
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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