Saturday, March 27, you’ll have a chance to get a jump on Earth Day and help make West Seattle a little greener! The Seattle Department of Transportation, together with the Rotary Club of West Seattle and several troops of West Seattle Boy Scouts of America will be greening up Fauntleroy Avenue SW between SW Edmunds and SW Holly streets. With an ambitious schedule, shovels and dirt will be flying as the volunteers and city staffers will plant more than 130 trees starting at 9 a.m. The trees are funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative which was approved by voters in 2007.
If you’d like to help, please bring your gloves, elbow grease, and arrive by 9 a.m. at the Fairmount Playground located on the 5400 block of Fauntleroy Avenue SW at SW Brandon Street. State Forrester, Chuck Turley, will the get the action underway when he awards Seattle its 25th consecutive Annual Tree City USA designation.
As in the past, the Seattle Department of Transportation Urban Forestry Division no longer plants one tree species along a corridor. The department has chosen a diversity of trees in order to diminish the possibility of insects and disease building up to harmful levels in the trees. In addition, the trees have been carefully selected for their variety of beautiful spring blossoms, great fall color, wildlife habitat and other desirable attributes. The goal is to optimize the tree canopy in support of the 2007 Urban Forest Management Plan which is a comprehensive strategy to increase the number of trees throughout the city by 30 percent in 30 years.