Seattle Needs an Updated Tree Ordinance!

Rapidly changing Seattle is losing critical tree canopy volume. Planting and preserving trees has been touted as the single most effective means of climate change mitigation. Yet, developers are scraping lots and unscrupulous tree services are cutting down trees illegally. Seattle needs an updated tree ordinance and needs to enforce it. You can help!

The Mayor, City Council and Urban Forestry Commission need to hear from you!

Use the form below to send a letter
We are urging the City of Seattle
  • to adopt the Urban Forestry Commission’s draft Tree Protection Ordinance
  • to increase protection for large mature trees in Seattle
  • to move implementation and enforcement of tree protection to the Office of Sustainability and Environment
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Your letter will be sent to the Mayor, City Council and Urban Forestry Commission (complete list), and will be added to the public comments on the UFC Draft Tree Protection OrdinanceFeel free to add your own comments to the default letter!

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The Power of Trees

produced by the Nature Conservancy

New research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also help us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of our culture. We need them. So, how can we return the favor?

This video was made by the Nature Conservancy in partnership with the University of Washington, University of British Columbia and the Duwamish Tribe.

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Silver Birch trees on Meridian Ave North. Thanks @friendsofseattlesurbanforest! Posted @withregram • @friendsofseattlesurbanforest Snowing in Seattle, night picture with flash, birch trees with snow #seattlenature #hallerlake #northseattle #hallerlakeseattle #treesofseattle #seattle #seattleoutdoors #pnw #friendsofseattlesurbanforest #northwest #seattletrees #dontclearcutseattle #washingtonwonderland #pnwlife #wintertrees #winterwonderland #birchtrees #thelast6000 #plantamnesty #seattleaudubon #seattlegreenspaces #discoverseattle Help save Seattle trees Urge the Mayor and Seattle City Council to update Seattle's Tree Protection Ordinance Send them an e-mail at wwwDontClearcutSeattle.org Thanks ...

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The sun peeking through a stand of Western Red Cedar. Lots of people out walking in spite of the cold weather. Our urban forest brings neighbors together. It's vital that we protect our urban forest. Please send a letter to the Mayor and City Council urging the enactment of an updated tree ordinance via https://dontclearcutseattle.org. . #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofseattlesurbanforest #plantamnesty #seattletrees #seattlegreenspaces #pigeonsofseattle #seattleurbanforest #greenseattle #treesofseattle #hallerlake #northseattle #treesinwinter #cedar #cedartrees ...

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Another Save our Trees/Don't Clearcut Seattle yardsign spotted on this rainy afternoon. Contact info@dontclearcutseattle.org to get yours! Please let the Mayor and City Council know that you value Seattle's urban canopy by sending an email to the Mayor and City Council urging them to update Seattle's Tree Ordinance. You can send via https://dontclearcutseattle.org . #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofseattlesurbanforest #plantamnesty #seattletrees #seattlegreenspace #pigionsofseattle #seattleurbanforest #greenseattle #treesofseattle #hallerlake #northseattle ...

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The variety of trees in this neighborhood is amazing and the residents are frequently out walking. A benefit of a healthy urban forest is that people spend time outdoors, and so meet their neighbors and get healthy exercise. . It's vital that we protect our urban forest! Please send a letter to the Mayor and City Council urging the enactment of an updated tree ordinance via https://dontclearcutseattle.org. . Identifying deciduous trees in the winter based on bark is a challenge, but this looks like a Cottonwood. #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofseattlesurbanforest #plantamnesty #seattletrees #seattlegreenspace #seattleurbanforest #greenseattle #treesofSeattle #treesofInstagram #hallerlake #northseattle #treesinwinter #treebark #treebarkart ...

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Western Red Cedar bark. Who needs a front lawn when you can have these beautiful and iconic trees in your yard. We need to preserve them! . Please send a letter to the Mayor and City Council urging the enactment of an updated tree ordinance via https://dontclearcutseattle.org. . #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofseattlesurbanforest #plantamnesty #seattletrees #seattlegreenspace #pigeonsofseattle #seattleurbanforest #greenseattle #treesofseattle #hallerlake #northseattle #treesinwinter #treebark #treebarklovers #cedartrees #frontyardtrees . ...

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Don't Clearcut Seattle gets a shout out! https://www.usnews.com/news/cities/articles/2020-01-03/as-development-fells-trees-some-in-seattle-fight-to-save-the-citys-urban-forest. Great article on Seattle's growing efforts to preserve its urban tree canopy! . You can send a letter to the Mayor and City Council urging the enactment of an updated tree ordinance via https://dontclearcutseattle.org. . #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofSeattleurbanforest #plantamnesty #seattletrees #seattlegreenspace #pigeonsofseattle #seattleurbanforest #greenseattle #treesofseattle #vanishingseattle #thelast6000 ...

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Spotted in Haller Lake... a Save our Trees-Don't Clearcut Seattle yardsign! Contact info@dontclearcutseattle.org to get yours. ...and please send an email to the Mayor and City Council urging them to update Seattle's Tree Ordinance. Send via https://dontclearcutseattle.org . #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofseattlesurbanforest #plantamnesty #seattletrees #seattlegreenspace #pigeonsofseattle #seattleurbanforest #greenseattle #treesofseattle #hallerlake #northseattle ...

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"a beautiful day in the neighborhood". New Year's day walk around Haller Lake. Come visit and bring your binoculars; eagles nest in this tree grove! . We need to protect our city's trees. Write the Mayor and City Council via https://DontClearcutSeattle.org and urge support of an updated tree ordinance. . #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofseattlesurbanforest #plantamnesty #thelast6000 #seattletrees #seattlegreenspaces #pigeonsofseattle #seattleurbanforest #greenseattle #treesofseattle #hallerlake #northseattle ...

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Maria Batayola, the environmental justice coordinator at El Centro de la Raza and the chair of the Beacon Hill Council of Seattle, testifies how tree loss in South Seattle affects low income and people of color with impacts to noise, health and livability. Beacon Hill is particularly impacted by air and noise pollution as it is below a major Sea-Tac flight path and is boxed in by Rainier Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, I-5 and I-90. Let the Mayor and City Council know that you support the updated tree ordinance, as recommended by the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission, by sending a letter via https://dontclearcutseattle.org #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofSeattlesUrbanForest #plantamnesty #seattletrees #seattlegreenspace #pigeonsofseattle #seattleurbanforest #greenseattle #treesofseattle #beaconhillseattle ...

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What took 90 years to grow took just 2 days to destroy. There were 8+ alternative new development layouts that show how 4 to 5 dwellings could have been built on the lot while still retaining Queen Anne's giant Tulip tree. . Write a letter to the Seattle Mayor and City Council via https://dontclearcutseattle.org and tell them that you want to see stronger tree protection! . #dontclearcutseattle #friendsofseattlesurbanforest #seattleurbanforest #urbanforest #greenseattle #seattlestrees #thelast6000 ...

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Cause of death: MGT Builders, Ballard Tree Services and Seattle's ineffective tree regulations. This was despite 8+ alternative new development layouts that show how 4 to 5 dwellings could have been built on the lot while retaining the tree. . Write a letter to the Seattle mayor and City Council via https://dontclearcutseattle.org . (Drone photo credit: Dravus Aviation) . #dontclearcutseattle #thelast6000 #seattleurbanforest #urbanforest #seattletrees #greenseattle #friendsofseattlesurbanforest ...

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Council Member Alex Pedersen and Council Member-elect Dan Strauss listen to tree advocates arguing for better tree protections. Seattle City Council PLUZ committee hearing on tree protections. Both council members were endorsed by TreePAC. View the TreePAC endorsements and corresponding candidate questionnaire responses at https://treepac.org/seattle-city-council-general-election-november-5-2019/ And… send a letter to the Seattle City Council via https://dontclearcutseattle.org, and tell them you want to see stronger tree protection! . #dontclearcutseattle #thelast6000 #greenseattle #seattleurbanforest #urbanforestry ...

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Annie Thoe, chair of Neighborhood Treekeepers, describes the scores of trees removed for the construction of mini-mansions in north Seattle. Seattle City Council PLUZ committee hearing on tree protections. https:dontclearcutseattle.org . #dontclearcutseattle #thelast6000 #greenseattle #seattleurbanforest #urbanforestry ...

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Tree advocates turn out for Seattle City Council PLUZ committee hearing on tree protections. https://kuow.org/stories/two-new-seattle-council-members-pledge-stronger-tree-protections-in-2020?fbclid=IwAR0IYm_p-nwf6V0eOwl9sQMr8KrmgcGtjuxy2opZJMheVUTtCt95_aCMglg https://www.seattlechannel.org/mayor-and-council/city-council/2018/2019-planning-land-use-and-zoning-committee/?videoid=x109108&fbclid=IwAR0xjwQVD0pNCwdVwlg4vb6ALzIV_X_DCdoFuPG3bd5Fd8W4iVuS3trqZ0k . #dontclearcutseattle #thelast6000 #greenseattle #seattleurbanforest #urbanforestry #friendsofseattlesurbanforest ...

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Developers CAN build around exceptional trees. Write a letter to the Seattle City Council via https://DontClearcutSettle.org and let them know you want a stronger tree ordinance to protect Seattle’s urban forest. For volunteer info, check out https://DontClearcutSeattle.org/volunteer or contact llindeke@hotmail.com. . #dontclearcutseattle #thelast6000 #greenseattle #seattleurbanforest #urbanforestry ...

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Seattle City Council public hearing on updating the Tree Protection Ordinance. Opportunity for Public Testimony. This is a historic moment-- 10 years of delays!-- the Mayor and Council are much more ready to adopt a stronger ordinance and needs public support to do so. Please attend and urge them to adopt the Urban Forestry Commission's draft of the ordinance for stronger tree protection, replacement, and enforcement. Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 9:30 a.m. Council Chambers Seattle City Hall, Floor 2 600 Fourth Avenue Seattle . #dontclearcutseattle #thelast6000 #greenseattle #seattleurbanforest #urbanforestry ...

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View from North Seattle College. In a dense neighborhood, there can still be room for trees. #dontclearcutseattle #thelast6000 #greenseattle #seattleurbanforest #urbanforestry ...

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Spotted in North Queen Anne... a Save our Trees-Don't Clearcut Seattle yardsign! Contact info@dontclearcutseattle.org to get yours! . #dontclearcutseattle #thelast6000 #urbanforest #seattleurbanforest ...

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Giant 100 yo Tulip tree (aka Yellow Poplar / Liriodendron tulipifera) towering above its Queen Anne neighborhood on 2813 4th Ave W. It’s still standing but is expected to be removed any day now. Write a letter to the Seattle City Council via https://DontClearcutSettle.org and let them know you want a stronger tree ordinance to protect Seattle’s urban forest. . #dontclearcutseattle #seattletrees #thelast6000 #urbanforest ...

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The Giant Tulip Tree may be cut Tomorrow- Tuesday Dec. 10th for development -- if you would like to be on site at 2813 4th Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119 with signs for photos, press and also to mourn this beloved tree, please contact suzgrant206@gmail.com and send her your email and phone number so she can contact you to let you know the time they will do this-- We hope to have people there at the site. Thanks for all your support. . Drone photo credit: Dravus Aviation) . #dontclearcutseattle #bringbirdsback #greenseattle #greenspaces #natureconservancy #plantamnesty #pnwnativeplants #saveseattlestrees #SeattleAudubon #seattlenature #seattletrees #SeattleUrbanForest #thelast6000 #thelast6000seattle #treesofinstagram #treesofseattle #urbanforest #urbanforestry #vanishingSeattle ...

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