Seattle & EarthCorps Offer Free Neighborhood Trees

EarthCorps and the City of Seattle are offering free trees for specific Seattle neighborhoods to help increase the tree canopy city-wide.

Trees are an important element of Seattle’s neighborhoods. Trees add character and

beauty. Trees make communities more walkable, bringing people outdoors thereby creating opportunities to meet neighbors. Trees increase the property value of homes and calm traffic in residential areas. Trees intercept rain water during storms, decreasing the levels of pollutants flowing into Puget Sound. Trees also absorb global warming pollutants and improve the quality of our air.

Seattle currently has 23% tree cover and a goal to reach 30% tree cover – and gain the many benefits that go along with trees. But we can’t reach that goal without the help and support of Seattle’s residents! Over 85% of the land in Seattle is privately owned. This means that we cannot meet our goals by only planting in parks and along streets – we need residents to plant trees around their homes and businesses as well.

To address this need and help Seattle meet the 30% goal, the City of Seattle has teamed up with EarthCorps to provide free trees to residents of these SE Seattle neighborhoods (visit www.Seattle.gov/trees/treesforneighborhoods.htm to see a map of eligible locations):

Eligible locations are:

  • Roxhill / Westwood
  • Highland Park
  • South Park
  • Georgetown
  • North Beacon Hill / Jefferson Park
  • Beacon Hill
  • South Beacon Hill / New Holly
  • Columbia City
  • Seward Park
  • Rainier Beach

Program participants receive:

  • Free trees
  • Watering bags
  • Training on proper tree planting and care
  • One free bag of GroCo compost, made with King County biosolids

Applications available now at www.Seattle.gov/trees/treesforneighborhoods.htm.  Available trees include both evergreen and deciduous trees, some native trees, and one fruit tree option. Available species:

  • Magnolia ‘little gem’
  • Serviceberry
  • Italian plum (a fruiting tree)
  • Dogwood
  • Shore pine
  • Katsura
  • Western red cedar
  • Red oak
  • Douglas fir

Individual households are welcome to apply – you need not apply as a group. Trees may be planted either along the street or in your yard. Limit four trees per household, with a maximum of one plum per household. All applications are subject to City review. Tree supply is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Apply early to ensure your application is accepted.

Important dates :

  • September 13 Applications due
  • December 4, 5 or 11 Attend a planting and care workshop and pick up your trees!
  • May 14, 2011 Pick up your water bags to help your trees thrive over the summer.

For more information see www.Seattle.gov/trees/treesforneighborhoods.htm, or contact Lina Rose, EarthCorps Project Manager, lina@earthcorps.org 206-322-9296,  extension 225.

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