Trees - Essential Urban Allies

by Brady Lawrence and Martha Baskin / November 12, 2020

Brady Lawrence and Martha Baskin interview Kathy Wolf, a well known research social scientist in the UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

In the face of rapid development will the Emerald City recognize the environmental, public health and quality of life services trees provide before it’s too late? Advocates like Wolf, hope they will.

Martha Baskin

Martha is a freelance environment radio and print reporter. She covers a wide range of issues from endangered species, warming oceans, alternatives to fossil fuels, growing food in unlikely places, pollinators, and climate and environmental justice. She has been a contributor to Geekwire, Seattle Globalist, Truthout, the former Seattle Post-Globe, and Crosscut as well as several community radio stations.


David Moehring · November 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

This is a wonderful story and testimony by UW’s Kathleen Wolf that promotes space for retaining and replanting large trees while innovating for increased density! The story by Martha Baskin with videography by Brady Lawrence is eye-opening!

Steve Zemke · November 15, 2020 at 5:54 pm

Great video on the need to save trees in our urban environments.

    Heidi Siegelbaum · December 1, 2020 at 12:44 am

    Trees are the mighty connectors- lacing together clean air, habitat, oxygen, flooding protection, beauty and human health- trees appreciate in value every day they stand. Let’s stay strong Seattle and find creative ways to develop while protecting these work horses.

Kathleen Wolf · August 17, 2021 at 10:11 pm

My thanks to Martha and Brady! The video is well produced, and offered the opportunity to amplify a message for the value of (big!) trees in our community. This region is home to some of the most innovative firms and minds in the world. We must turn that energy and creativity to plans for co-existence with a thriving urban forest!

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