Seattle Needs an Updated Tree Ordinance!

Rapidly changing Seattle is losing critical tree canopy volume. Planting and preserving trees has been touted as one of the single most effective means of heat-island 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!

Trees + Housing = Healthy Communities

DontClearcutSeattle, along with TreePAC, support sustainable, nature-based urban development.

We support planning that increases housing density while maintaining a vibrant urban forest.

Trees in cities contribute significantly to human health and environmental quality. Urban trees filter air pollutants, counteract the urban heat island effect, reduce building energy use and filter stormwater. They also increase mental and physical well-being and foster feelings of relaxation and calm.

Housing density contributes to human health and environmental quality too. It allows us to live within a reduced environmental footprint and is more inclusive of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

The benefits of our urban trees are not realized by all Seattleites – injustice has resulted in sparse tree coverage in neighborhoods with fewer resources, while wealthier neighborhoods have a larger urban canopy. TreePAC is working toward restoring our urban forest in neighborhoods where it has been lost, as well as protecting our existing forest for future generations.

Along with the numerous tangible benefits trees bring by creating a more livable, sustainable, and climate-resilient Seattle, we believe trees connect people to the natural world and bring joy


Get Involved!

Contact City Officials

Send a letter to the Mayor, City Council, and tree-related department heads via our “Take Action” link.

To follow up with a phone call, contact your district council member, or just send an individual message, here is their individual contact info.

Get a Yardsign

Get a Save our Trees – Don’t Clearcut Seattle yardsign!



Help us increase public awareness of the Save Our Trees Campaign.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Post leaflets (see resources) on community bulletin boards. 
  • Assist with our yard signs. We need help finding new locations and delivering signs.
  • Promote and our letter writing campaigns on social media.

To sign up or learn more, please contact

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Tree stories, questions, volunteer info, or want a yard sign? We want to hear from you!!

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