Hundreds of trees are popping up throughout Seattle!

There is a chill in the air and the leaves are turning bright and vibrant colors!  That can only mean two things…fall has arrived and it is once again tree planting season for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) UrbanForestry’s division.

SDOT’s Urban Forestry crews have planted hundreds of trees, like these two, throughout the city.

Thanks to the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative passed by Seattle voters in 2006 nearly 5,000 new trees have been planted over the past six years of the initiative.  Each tree planted increases the city’s tree canopy and ensures that Seattle lives up to its nickname of “the Emerald City.”

As part of the fall planting cycle, more than 374 trees will be planted in Interbay, Belltown, North Capitol Hill, near University Village, along Roxbury and in the Seaview neighborhood in SW Seattle bringing the 2012 total to 800 trees planted.  In addition to planting trees this year, Urban Forestry crews have been busy pruning more than 2,800 trees and making more than 900 improvements to landscapes around 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.

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