Seattle wouldn’t be the Emerald City without all the beautiful trees that line our streets. Street trees provide shade and habitat, soften busy urban sidewalks, simply make our streets nicer places to spend time, and so much more.
So, who maintains these 40,000 “SDOT trees” spread along Seattle’s 1,675 linear miles of streets? SDOT’s team of nine arborists and a supervisor do this.
Seattle has about 250,000 street trees (all trees growing within public places are considered to be street trees; excluding trees in private yards, parks, etc.) that’s about a quarter of a million trees that need to be maintained. Adjacent property owners are responsible for maintaining most of these street trees (when a street tree is planted, the property owner and the city agree who will maintain it), and SDOT maintains about 40,000 of them. Keep in mind that “SDOT trees” are more…
Original published: 14 March 2017 12:16 am Read the full Seattle News here
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