Some bus drivers on the No. 11 route call out the stop closest to the Washington Park Arboretum with the eerie signifier “Lake Washington Boulevard, Tree Museum.”
Some might think that’s just a Joni Mitchell reference, but there’s been a lot of scary talk lately about Seattle’s dwindling tree population.
According to the city, Seattle’s tree canopy has shrunk from 40 percent city coverage in the late 1970s to around 18 percent right now. Last year, the mayor said the city should take steps to address the shrinking canopy, getting back to 30 percent coverage by 2037.
DPD is rewriting the city’s tree regulations to try to reach the target. A comp plan amendment proposed by Ilze Jones of Jones and Jones Architects and Landscape Architects would have the city set aside 48,000 acres and name a tree czar to manage city trees.
While we’re waiting for the laws to be sorted out, and with Washington’s Arbor Day coming up on Tuesday, some people might want to roll up their sleeves and take advantage of an annual freebie from the city.
The Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications from Seattle residents for free trees. But you have to talk to your neighbors and plant the trees yourselves. Groups of five households or more on a street or block are eligible to apply, and can request between 10 and 40 trees.
In exchange for free trees delivered by the city this fall, the groups must attend a training session and then plant the trees. Applications are due on Friday, August 15.
Get an application by calling the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods at (206) 684-0464 or Click here.
Just don’t charge a dollar and a half to see ‘em.
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