Help Us Reach Our Goal: 800 Understory Plants in the Ground!
Thanks to funding from the King Conservation District, we have 800 understory plants to green up our landscape sites! A healthy understory is a critical part of a healthy forest. We need your help to get these plants in the ground this month. Join us in creating a lush, green, healthy city at one of these planting parties:
- Ravenna: Saturday, February 6, 10 am - 1 pm. Meet at 22nd Ave NE & NE 52nd Ave St stairs
- Wallingford: Saturday, February 13, 9 am - 12 pm. Meet at N 46th & Midvale Ave N
- Wallingford: Sunday, February 21, 10 am - 12pm. Meet at N 46th & Green Lake Way
Visit our events page for more information and to RSVP. Let's make 2016 the year of the forest!
Thank You for Your Love of Trees!
It has been a great year for Seattle reLeaf. Over 2,300 people have participated in Tree Walks, landscape renewal work parties, Arbor Day, Trees for Neighborhoods, and other events. Our volunteers have logged 1,800 hours to protect and grow trees. We planted 1,010 trees and held 50 public events. Thank you for being a part of what we do. We look forward to more fun in 2016!
Kudos to Seattle City Light
Our friends at Seattle City Light (SCL) along with the Earlington Hills Neighborhood group and students from DIRT Corps (Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training) have teamed up to restore and plant along SCL’s Beacon Hill transmission right of way corridor in Renton. With help from a Renton city grant and an ACTrees grant, multiple groups of hardworking people have been coming together since 2007 to remove invasive weeds and plant native species. They have created a corridor for wildlife, taught volunteers about environmental stewardship, and provided space for future projects like community p-patches.
Let's Green the Duwamish!
The City of Seattle is focusing on growing trees in the Duwamish neighborhoods of Georgetown and South Park. Throughout the year, you may see us working on important tree projects such as planting, caring for young trees, and pruning. Find all of our upcoming events in the area here.
What's That Tree?
It's a common question for us here at Seattle reLeaf, especially in the spring when flowers and leaves start to emerge. Now there's a new way for you to find the answer. Tree Walk - Seattle is an Android-based app with a web version for non-Android users that can help you identify the beautiful trees you see around you in Seattle everyday. Learn more here.
Street Tree Manual Available
This year, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) 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.
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.