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Neighborhood street tree meetings

The Seattle Department of Transportation wants community feedback on how best to protect and preserve street trees, usually found in the “sidewalk strip” between the street and your home (which is actually a city right-of-way, but must be maintained by the homeowner).

The city’s Urban Forest Management Plan set a goal of 30 percent tree canopy cover by 2037. The proposed Street Tree Ordinance will address tree protection and preservation; restrictions on tree removal; requirements for replacements; new requirements for private tree companies; and will strengthen penalties for violations.

SDOT has already held two community meetings, and has scheduled three more, including one from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 11, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW.

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