This message was shared with Mayor Durkan and the City Council
I just attended the UW Urban Forest conference and learnt how we desperately need to increase Seattle's tree canopy to at least 40 % as fast as possible to prevent the temperatures steadily rising in the City as development is not absorbing the heat.
Scale-dependent interactions between tree canopy cover and impervious surfaces reduce daytime urban heat during summer
This makes temperatures going up about 3-4 degrees Celsius which gives our existing trees a very hard time with many dying off in the recent months. Carbon sequestering as well as heat absorption are too critical elements of keeping our city healthy for everyone.
I'm working as a Volunteer Forest Steward for Seattle Parks, Green Seattle Partnership/Forterra and want to make sure you are aware of this major problem.
Also, please make the current tree ordinance stricter, so big backyard trees will not be cut down without expert approval and there are incentives or rules to plant as many trees as possible for new developments and private properties.
There are companies walking door to door telling citizens their trees are a danger and failing, even if they are perfectly healthy, and recommend removal. We need to make this illegal.
We need every tree in the city to keep the existing ones alive and Seattle livable in the midth of Climate Change.
Just saw this at the pump, which is at least making some aware about the relationship of pumping gas and releasing dirty emission. Bold move to connect this. Pump here. Plant trees.
I am still trying to figure out how much of this campaign is green washing vs. real action.
The Facebook posts are all pretty vage. This one is also a bit confusing. Do they mean the carbon that is sequestered by the trees planted stretches over 80,000 acres? I would rather know how much emission 7-Eleven produces by the gas they sell per year and how much of that they offset with this campaign.
On the website they show a list of projects and one is even one with the Green Seattle Partnership I steward with. I would like to know if they pay for the trees, organize events, send volunteers, promote the events or what. It would have been nice if they would have included more details what they actually do.
1. Get Madrona seeds in November after storm
2. Put in blender to separate seeds from husk
3. Save 1 Gallon Milk cartons which have a good depth for roots and carton breaks down slowly until summer leaving a thin film/membrane around the soil which is great for transplanting which can be tricky with Madrona seedlings
4. Punch about 30-40 holes in lower part of all sides and bottom of carton
5. Mix Premium top soil (cedar grove has organic material already mixed in) with sphagnum peat moss (5:1) in bucket,
added peat moss will retain moisture
6. Fill container to top and press until fill is compact and all air is out
7. separate about 20-30 seeds from Madrona blend
8. put seeds in center of carton and gently tap down (no digging) seeds on soil
9. put outside with 4 hour sun light, seeds need cold stratification, so getting them out before cold weather is best
10. move to full sun after sprouting
Water and care instructions:
do not over water in winter, do not let dry out
best to lift carton to get a sense for moisture content
if multiple small woody stems emerge, carefully remove smaller seedlings to avoid overcrowding
in summer careful water from corner do not leave water drops on leaves as they can burn the fragile leaves
add fertilizer palates at the start of summer
Curious Bee. Forest Steward. Nature Nerd. Climate Activist Mom.