City says West Seattle needs more trees – want some?


(October 2008 photo of trees-in-waiting at city yard in West Seattle)
From the Department of Neighborhoods, via Junction-based Southwest District coordinator Stan Lock:

Did you know that West Seattle is one of the areas in the city with the barest residential and street tree densities? Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ (DoN) Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) is currently accepting applications for this year’s Tree Fund*. All it takes is organizing a group of your neighbors to plant street trees in your neighborhood together. You put in the volunteer time; DoN provides the trees!

Wait, there’s more! To increase local food security and expand the tree canopy on private properties, we are testing a pilot expansion this year. All NMF Tree Fund participants who plant street trees with their neighbors have the bonus option of selecting one free cherry or apple tree to plant on their private properties. You can help bring more trees to West Seattle streets and private yards!

For more information on the Tree Fund and to download an application, visit our website at: But act soon! DoN is accepting applications through August 21.

* NMF Tree Fund works in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation, Office of Sustainability & Environment, and local community organizations.

5 Replies to "City says West Seattle needs more trees - want some?"

  • Dreamland July 24, 2009 (4:14 pm)

    Okay, I had to chuckle when I read “Did you know that West Seattle is one of the areas in the city with the barest residential and street tree densities?”

    Possibly one of the biggest understatements I’ve seen in awhile.

    It’s kind of like the old Ballard adage: “Moving to Ballard? Bring your chainsaw!”

  • Dreamland July 24, 2009 (4:16 pm)

    Jokes aside, I think this is great. And fruit trees=added bonus. There are sooo many fruit trees laden with fruit in late summer/early fall that could provide food for food banks, etc. To say nothing of using them for canning!

  • Big Red July 24, 2009 (4:45 pm)

    We received trees from the city last year and were pretty stoked. I wish we had received the free fruit trees as an added bonus1

  • Lisa K July 24, 2009 (6:18 pm)

    Would LOVE to plant city trees along our street. However, in my neighborhood, we have no sidewalks, which means no planting strips, which means no city trees for us. Maybe that’s one of the reason why we have so few trees around here?

  • Dreamland July 24, 2009 (7:14 pm)

    I wish my landlord would plant trees over here. We are DYING in this full-on sun. No relief. So that’s one reason we are getting out of here.

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