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!

Display a Yardsign

Show your support for protecting our urban forest by displaying a yard sign in your yard or your window.

save our trees yard-sign

We’ve got pickup locations in Magnolia,  South Seattle, Greenwood, Greenlake, and Wedgewood and also can arrange a drop off.

Canopies of Green Urban Density

 Produced by Brady Lawrence and Martha Baskin

Dense housing policies and strong urban tree protections can co-exist. But only if policy makers recognize the import roles mature trees play to public health and climate mitigation, and enact construction codes that include protecting mature trees during residential construction. The video, “Canopies of Green Urban Density” showcases voices of an architect, bioregional planner and urban homeowner who understand that trees are essential to healthy, climate resilient communities. Originally produced in late 2022, the issue remains critical, as Seattle city leaders punt in passing a strong tree protection ordinance and state legislators consider legislation that would undermine such an ordinance were it passed. 

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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.

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