street trees

Environment
5:01 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Who You Should Call If You Trip On A Tree Root In Seattle

Younger trees can cause hazards because of poor planting conditions, such as here. The soil is too shallow.
Erin Hennessey photo KPLU News

Seattle is well-known as a city that loves its trees. The city even has a plan to increase its tree canopy to cover 30 percent of its open skies by the year 2037.

But the trees can sometimes get out of hand. Their powerful roots can be downright treacherous when they push through sidewalks.

So, what to do if you see one that has you worried? Or if you stub your toe on a bulging root? 

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Environment
9:21 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Seattle makes list of best U.S. cities for urban forests

Seattle's integration and management of trees in its cityscape puts it in the top ten cities for urban forests
Courtesy American Forests

Seattle is among the nation’s top ten cities for urban forests. This might sound like a no-brainer, but many cities that take pride in their trees did not make the cut. 

The Washington, DC non-profit American Forests based the list on surveys of urban forestry programs in the nation’s fifty most populous cities.

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Science
5:04 am
Mon January 21, 2013

How to prove the tree-huggers hunch? Study a deadly beetle

An emerald ash borer. Tracing the effects of this invasive tree killer is one way to show a link between trees and human health.
Benimoto photo Flickr

If you live in the Evergreen State, chances are, you like trees. Cities around the Pacific Northwest do a lot to protect them. 

But, do they really make us healthier? An economist with the US forest service in Portland is working on that question.

Geoffrey Donovan  loves trees. He’s already shown they make home prices go up, energy use go down and they tend to keep crime rates down as well. So what about public health?

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City Government
4:00 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Seattle updates street tree rules

Under a proposed ordinance, homeowners in Seattle will have to follow new guidelines when planting trees in parking strips.
Photo by wanderflechten

The city of Seattle is revamping its rules regarding street trees. The rules clarify what homeowners can and cannot do to trees planted in parking strips and other city right-of-ways.

The ordinance under consideration is the first update of the city’s street tree rules since 1961.

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