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Emerald City Becomes Greener with BTG Dollars!

Trees and landscapes help make our city one of the most beautiful in the world!  As summer and warmer temperatures approach, we wanted to provide an update on the progress our Urban Forestry Division is making, regarding their tree and landscaping programs, thanks to Bridging the Gap (BTG).

Landscape work by SDOT with funding from BTG!

Trees pruned by SDOT in June.

In the first two quarters of 2012, SDOT has planted over 350 trees, pruned over 544 and made more than 260 improvements to landscaped areas in the public right-of-way.  As the tree canopy is now in full leaf, Urban Forestry is working hard to stay on track with the proactive maintenance program while balancing the seasonal increase in service requests.  The watering program is now just getting underway too, and Urban Forestry will begin weekly watering of 2000+ trees planted during the first five years of the BTG program.  All of this work helps keep the city green and healthy and makes for a busy time of year for Urban Forestry staff

Urban Forestry has set lofty goals once again this year – plant 700 trees, prune 3000 trees and make 840 improvements to SDOT landscapes – they are on track to meeting them once again.  In 2012, SDOT and BTG will invest more than three million dollars to planting, pruning and improving city landscapes across the city.

Trees help make our communities more liveable.  If you have questions or would like more information about the SDOT Urban Forestry Tree Program please visit their website.  In addition if you have concerns about specific trees in your neighborhood please call the citywide tree line at (206) 684-TREE.