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Seattle City Urban Forester

Seattle Needs a City Urban Forester

Seattle has long needed the support of a City Urban Forester to oversee the City’s management of our urban tree canopy, which is currently managed in 9 different departments without central coordination or oversight.

Right now we have an opportunity to get this position funded as part of the current budget process.

Councilmember Alex Pedersen is introducing an amendment to the Seattle City Budget to add a City Urban Forester position to the Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE). This is a big step forward! CM Lisa Herbold has signed on as a Co-Sponsor. A third council member is needed as a co-sponsor; additionally the budget process will require 5 votes to put this amendment in the budget.

Please ask the Council to support and co-sponsor the City Forester Amendment by sending an email below. Thanks for your support! 

Medowbrook's True-love trees

The True-love Trees

True Love Trees

by Bruce Dear

Meadowbrook’s iconic True-Love trees are at risk! This remarkable cedar-fir couple have been growing as one for almost 100 years along Thornton Creek in north Seattle. Recently a developer has applied to Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) to cut them down, in order to build new homes. Yet, a respected local architect has drawn up plans which show how the same amount of housing can be built around these amazing trees and their nearby grove.

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The Power of Trees

The Power of Trees

produced by the Nature Conservancy

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

“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?”