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Learn more about increasing city’s tree canopy

September 19th, 2010 · Comments

If you’re interested in how the city plans to increase Seattle’s tree canopy, there’s an open house downtown on Tuesday. The Urban Forestry Open House is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 4th Ave.

Seattle’s goal is to increase its urban forest from 23 percent coverage to 30 percent by 2030.

The City has proposed regulations intended to increase tree canopy, provide flexibility for homeowners, and help preserve Seattle’s trees. A tree credit requirement in single-family zones will help preserve existing trees and encourage planting new trees. Expanding Seattle Green Factor landscape standards and simplifying the process for departures to some rules will provide incentives to protect trees during development.

The open house presentations will include an overview of the City’s Urban Forest Management Program, proposed changes to tree protection regulations, and changes to the City’s street tree program.

You can find out more about the Department of Planning and Development’s tree regulations update process here.

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