WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Small ceremony for a big tree

(WSB photos)

To the untrained eye, this tree might look like just another one of the many towering evergreens in Lincoln Park. It’s not.

It’s a Giant Sequoia (redwood), officially declared a Seattle Heritage Tree, thanks to the efforts of Al Rouyer:

Rouyer is a retired college educator. He specialized in political science, particularly Middle Eastern affairs – and took an interest in trees after retiring. Studying the trees in Lincoln Park is what led him to seek the designation for this one, estimated at 100 years old and more than 150 feet tall. He said most people walk through the park and have no idea that there’s so many kinds of trees and that some are worthy of special recognition, like this one in the north end of the park. Instead of getting a big fancy plaque, he opted for this simple tag:

Friends joined him today for a small gathering to commemorate the designation and celebrate the tree:

As explained by Plant Amnesty, the Heritage Tree designation does not confer any legal protection – but the organization hopes it will encourage tree preservation (which happens to be back in the news this week – we hope to write more about that this weekend).

18 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Small ceremony for a big tree"

  • Rache August 12, 2022 (10:35 pm)

    What a beautiful tree! Thank you, Al Rouyer.

  • S. Jackson August 12, 2022 (11:20 pm)

    Any way to direct us as to where it’s located? I’d love to see it.

  • 22blades August 13, 2022 (6:07 am)

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Agree with S.J.: How do I find it?! Close your eyes & imagine these as far as the eyes can see, everywhere.

  • Chris Stripinis August 13, 2022 (7:59 am)

    It’s in the far northeast corner of the park, near the 76 station. It has some open space around it so it should be easy to spot.

  • lowmanbeachdrive August 13, 2022 (10:29 am)

    Congrats, Al. 

  • Julian August 13, 2022 (10:55 am)

    Very cool. Does that make two Giant Sequoia heritage trees in West Seattle or are there more?

    • Al Rouyer August 15, 2022 (9:42 am)

      There are three. One on 40th Ave just behind Thriftway and the other at 4540 46th street.

  • Jay, FedWay August 13, 2022 (11:33 am)

    I’m fortunate enough to have two tagged redwoods in my yard here in Federal Way.  They were planted back in the early 80’s, the tree service I hired to take the sail out of them told me what they were, otherwise, I’d have never known. It’d be neat if someone could take a look at them.  They’re special to me no matter what. 

  • Betty Laughlin August 13, 2022 (11:51 am)

    This made my day! 

  • zephyr August 13, 2022 (12:26 pm)

    12:25 pm    Quote:  Very cool. Does that make two Giant Sequoia heritage trees in West Seattle or are there more?*****Yes.  There’s a bunch up  at Myrtle Reservoir Park.  Plus I have seen them in a few backyards. 

    • Gatewood resident August 14, 2022 (8:56 am)

      There’s a big one on Sunset just north of Bonair, and there’s another massive but not tall one on 40th Ave just south of Morgan

  • VN August 13, 2022 (3:14 pm)

    A big thank you to Mr. Rouyer who takes the time to identify and report these amazing heritage trees in West Seattle.  He identified a Heritage tree in our front yard which has been classified as a Best in the City as well.

  • Reis Pearson August 13, 2022 (6:07 pm)

    Well done Al!! Thank you for your service!

  • Greengurl August 14, 2022 (12:50 am)

    Thank you Mr. Rouyer! I appreciate plant and tree identification. I try to name all the plants that I can remember from my time in the Horticulture program at Edmonds C.C., when walking through Lincoln Park. I had a wonderful teacher. His name was Walt Bubelis. I appreciate your efforts! I know that there are a few more Sequoia in Lincoln Park. I marvel at the stands of large old trees in this Park. A treasure trove for sure.

  • Katrina August 14, 2022 (5:47 am)

    Seeing the beautiful Redwoods is on my bucket list. It’s a shame so many take trees for granted. They’re the reason we live an breathe. Great job Mr. Royuer. 

  • Natalie Taylor August 14, 2022 (7:19 pm)

    What a fabulous thing to do! I don’t live nearby but am going to make a special trip to admire it. Thank you from NE Seattle, may this sort of thing spread! Natalie T. 

  • LW August 15, 2022 (11:16 am)

    This is so cool! I have a whopper of a cedar tree in my yard that I think deserves a neighborhood distinction certificate:) 

  • Justin August 15, 2022 (4:41 pm)

    Love this story–thank you, WSB and Mr. Rouyer. I’m eager to go check that giant sequoia out. I like the ones at Myrtle St Reservoir too, Zephyr. Another incredible specimen of giant sequoia lives at the SE corner of SW Trenton St and 38th Ave SW. I often stop to admire that one while checking out the wonderful view by the dead end sign for Farwell Pl SW. Go trees! 

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