Help Save An Exceptional Big Leaf Maple Tree in Madrona!

Action needed now – call or email today – Tue. Oct 6, 2020 at the latest!


A two-week notice has been posted for an application to remove this tree. Help save this exceptional big leaf maple tree!

Located at 35th Ave and Spring  1 block east of Madrona Park

 The Heart of Madrona in Seattle

TREE 59973 is a 48” diameter big leaf maple, well over the criteria for an “exceptional tree” 

It is adjacent to a playground, on a key pedestrian route to Lake Washington, storing lots of carbon and fighting global warming.  David Kirske, Chief Financial Officer of CTI Biopharma Corp. seeks to cut down this gem to build a better driveway and sidewalk. (Yes, seriously).  And he refuses to talk to the community about collaborative approaches to save the tree.

Contact Nolan Rundquist, head of SDOT’s Urban Forestry Division. 

 email at 

(206) 684-TREE (8733). 

Reference # SDOTTREE0000252 (tree removal permit appliction number) 





BIG TREES ARE CRITICAL TO THE HEALTH OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT – storing carbon, redicing pollution and countering climate change.

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Thanks for your help.


Help Save An Exceptional Big Leaf Maple Tree in Madrona! — 17 Comments

  1. i have emailed, and hope that this beautiful big leaf maple can be saved!! i believe that homeowners need to respect these old trees, because we loose so many of them to development. the tree deserves to remain until it gives up the ghost on it’s own!!!

  2. Please do not cut down this important and beautiful tree for the sake of a drive and short stretch of sidewalk. Please deny this permit!!

  3. We need more tree’s and less rich people thinking they can chop down whatever they want.

  4. Trees are what could save us, ultimately. We need to be planting more of them and keeping the old ones. This is a majestic tree. Please don’t let anyone cut it down. It’s a precious thing.

  5. This is a truly beautiful specimen of a tree that deserve to be honored and preserved. Please support this property owner with finding safe and costs efficient alternatives that will ensure tree is preserved while also remedying needs for sidewalk restoration and any other oh sucks lol and aesthetic issues.

  6. I agree – please let’s work to save this tree. Clearly the neighborhood is willing to compromise with the homeowner – please work to help David Kirske see a way to allow this tree to live for the entire community!

  7. Please save this maple tree at 1101 35th Avenue. According to the City’s website at , a street tree cannot be removed unless it is dead, hazardous, a public safety hazard, or if construction-related activities will threaten its viability. None of those appears to be the case here. Thus, a permit for its removal should not be granted.

  8. Please, Please, Please let this incredible tree live! Making way for a bigger driveway is no excuse! Choose beauty, life and oxygen!!

  9. It is trees like this that make Seattle a truly beautiful place to live. If we keep removing trees for cars, we will become an ugly, and more polluted urban desert. Please unless the tree is diseased, maintain our large tree canopy.

  10. Re: SDOTTREE0000252 (TREE 59973), at 1101 35th Avenue.
    The sign posted on this tree says it needs to be removed because it would not survive private construction. That removal should not be allowed. This magnificent tree is certainly protected under the city’s criteria. The sign on the tree does not indicate that it is dead, diseased, or a danger to people or property. As for the sidewalk, with a bit of clever engineering it can certainly be fixed. Please do not authorize the tree’s destruction.

  11. This tree should be not be sacrificed for someones driveway and sidewalk “improvement”. Trees like this are important to our ecosystem and cannot be replaced.

  12. We are well on our way to becoming an ugly urban desert. So many privately owned (and publicly owned) green belts are being turned into development. I believe far more needs to be done, to not only protect our existing tree coverage, but to invest in more greenspace. Access to greenspace and nature should be considered a matter of social justice and equity.

  13. No the city of Seattle has not yet finalized this Director’s Rule. So comments can still be sent in.