Seattle’s Urban Forest

Information and Resources on Seattle’s Urban Forest

News Stories

Seattle Working on New Tree Ordinance to Protect and Increase Canopy, Bellamy Pailthorp, KNKX, June 22, 2018

Developers should not be exempt in new ordinance to protect Seattle’s trees, Steve Zemke and Susanna Lin, Seattle Fair Growth, June 3, 2018

Tree point system – In quest to stay leafy, Seattle looks at new canopy protection rules, Ari Cetron, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, June 1, 2018

Seattle tree law could be getting a revision, Sarah Anne Lloyd, Curbed Seattle, April 30, 2018

Johnson Releases Draft Framework to Update the City Tree Ordinance, Seattle Councilmember Rob Johnson Press release, April 26, 2018

Seattle says no more ‘willy-nilly’ cutting down trees on private property, Amy Radil, KUOW, April 26, 2018

Throwing Shade: How a lack of trees hurts Seattle minorities, Areeya Tipasothi and Julie Davidow, Herald Net, April 25, 2018

Seattle needs more trees, But who is counting? Amy Radil, KUOW, Feb. 8, 2018

The Struggle to Save Seattle’s Urban Trees in the Face of Development, Maria Dolan, Seattle Magazine, October 2017

Will Seattle (Finally) Protect Its Tree Canopy? by Adiel Kaplan and Robert McClure. Investigate West for Seattle Weekly, Oct. 27, 2017

As More Buildings Go Up, How Many of Seattle’s Trees Will Come Down?
by Adiel Kaplan, Investigate West, June 27, 2017

Not the most emerald city of them all, Adiel Kaplan, Investigate West, June 27, 2017

Seattle’s Tree Canopy Studies, Adiel Kaplan, Investigate West, June 27, 2017

Group says too many trees being cut down in Seattle neighborhoods, Sept. 22, 2016

Seattle’s Long Neglected Tree Canopy on  a Collision Course with Development,
by Adiel Kaplan, Investigate West, July 27, 2016


Tree Canopy Assessment,  Sustainability & Environment Sub-Cabinet – April 9, 2009, Seattle ReLeaf

Clarification of Canopy Cover Assessment Statistics, March 23, 2011

Trees for Seattle – city website

Seattle Urban Forestry Commission

Green Seattle Partnership

Seattle Urban Forest Stewardship Plan – 2013

Seattle’s Urban Forest Stewardship Plan – Tree Strategy – TDAG Case Study

Seattle’s Urban Forest Ecosystem Values – Analysis of the Structure, Function, and Economic Benefits – August 2012

New Research indicates value of Seattle’s Urban Forest – Green City Partnerships 2012

Integrated Urban Forest Assessment, Green Seattle Urban Forest Management Plan – 2007

Seattle, Washington Urban Tree Canopy Analysis Project Report: Looking back and Moving Forward May 7, 2009

2016 Seattle Tree Canopy Assessment – Executive Summary

Seattle 2016 LiDAR Canopy Cover Assessment– slide presentation – May 8, 2016

Policy and Design Guidelines for Trees in a Growing Seattle, UW  MA Thesis, Elizabeth Moll 2016

Cities Research Alliance, 20

The State of Seattle’s Conifer Forests, Seattle Urban Nature, 2009

The State of Seattle’s Madrone Forests, Seattle Urban Nature, 2008

Seattle Street Tree Inventory and Map – Seattle Department of Transportation

Management of City Trees – City of Seattle Auditor, 2009

The Effects of Trees on Stormwater Runoff – Seattle Public Utilities Feb. 14, 2008

Seattle Tree Map – Seattle Audubon

Living Landscape – Seattle Parks 2016

Seattle Parks and Recreation – Policies & Plans

Urban Greening Factor for London -Greater London Authority