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Save Trees From Ivy, November 9th, 2013

Help save nearly 200 trees from an ivy infestation! Join us from 9am to 1pm on Nov 9th. Help Crown Hill Business Association and our neighbors, as well as a safety and technical team from SDOT to save our street trees along Holman road and NW 86th.  There will likely be a partial road closure for worker safety.  SDOT staff will help! Many tools and gloves provided.  Bring shovels and loppers and if you prefer your work gloves, bring those too.   Meet at Crown Hill Park NW 92nd and 14th ave NW.

There will be food and beverages. Come for as long as you can.  Let’s get this project started!
If possible please RSVP to Catherine.Weatbrook@gmail.com so that we may better plan tools, project reach tab day, food, and beverages.

Date: Saturday, November 9th 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Crown Hill Park NW 92nd and 14th ave NW

Free Trees from Seattle’s reLeaf Program

The City of Seattle is sponsoring a Trees For Neighborhoods program again this year. The program encourages residents to plant trees in their yards and along their streets. They city will provide residents:

  • Free trees
  • Watering bags
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Coupon for free Groco compost
  • Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities

The list of available species is here.

This is a City program so there are some ground rules:

  • Trees can be planted anywhere in residential yards, but must be planted at the address on the application. 
  • Permits are required if planting street trees – reLeaf staff will coordinate acquiring permits. Receiving a permit is not guaranteed. No permit is required for yard trees. 
  • You must be present at the planting training to pick up your tree(s). All trees should be planted shortly after receiving them. 
  • The number of trees approved for your yard may be fewer than the number requested. Please note that tree availability is not guaranteed.
  • If you do not own your home, you must obtain the permission of the homeowner. 
  • Tree supply is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, so apply early!

If you would like to participate, please visit the program website and submit your application. The deadline for applications for street trees this year is September 1st, 2011 and for yard trees is October 24th, but you should apply early because the number of trees is limited.

Tree Ambassadors Needed

The City of Seattle is looking for people to volunteer as tree ambassadors to help with protecting and growing our urban forest.

The Tree Ambassador program empowers residents to become stewards of the urban forest and serve as resources for their local community. Tree Ambassadors will be trained in the basics of urban forestry, leadership and community organizing. Tree Ambassadors will work in teams of 2-3 people to develop neighborhood projects such as tree walks, invasive species removal workdays, and/or tree plantings.

Check it out here. Crown Hill Neighbors recently received a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant to develop a tree walk and study some of the benefits of the urban forest in Crown Hill. We hosted Arthur Lee Jacobson on a very well attended and received walk through a small portion of our survey area. If you attended our walk or are interested please consider volunteering.

Tree Walk enjoyed by many

On September 11, 2010  over 50 people  participated in a 90 minute walking tour of some of  Crown Hill’s landmark trees. Attendees were primarily from the Crown Hill neighborhood, but also included residents from nearby neighborhoods and some from Maple Valley and Bellevue. The tour featured remnants of an old orchard sprawled across what are now multiple single family lots, trees that rank among Seattle’s largest for their species, including a few recorded no where else in the City, and many other significant neighborhood trees. The tour was led by Arthur Lee Jacobson, a wry wit and a renowned local horticulturalist who is the author of Trees of Seattle and Wild Plants of Greater Seattle.

You can take the walking tour yourself with this Tree walk map, albeit without the expert and humorous commentary of Mr. Jacobson. Some corrections need to be made to a couple of tree designations and an updated version will be posted as it becomes available.

Over the next few months, the Neighborhood Association will post other self-guided walking tours of trees in other sections of Crown Hill.

Free Trees

FREE TREES FOR YOUR YARD: APPLY NOW

Crown Hill residents are eligible to receive free trees for their yards through the City of Seattle’s reLeaf program.  Only a limited number of trees are available, and Crown Hill is not the only eligible neighborhood, so make sure to submit your request as soon as possible.  Here are a few things to note about this program:

  1. Trees must be planted in yards, not as street trees. Do not plant under power lines.
  2. Recipients of trees will also receive a watering bag and a free bag of compost.
  3. To obtain trees (maximum of four per household) you must attend a planting and care workshop on December 12.  It is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW
  4. A limited number of the following species are available: Italian prune, Douglas fir, western red cedar, Katsura, and Red oak (the same as the big oak at the Crown Hill Center on the corner of 95th and 13th).  The prune is smaller and the shore pine is medium-sized, but the others can become larger trees.  For this reason you will need to be selective about planting locations.
  5. The short application form is due Nov. 22, but since this is a first come, first serve program, it is likely that you will need to submit your form sooner if you want a tree.
  6. In addition to households, businesses, schools and churches are also eligible (no parks).

APPLICATION

To find the application form and see other information about the program, go to http://seattle.gov/trees/treesforneighborhoods.htm

Crown Hill Tree Walk, Sept 11, 2010

Tree Walk Flyer
Tree Walk Flyer (click to enlarge)

Ever wonder about some of those trees that are neighborhood landmarks, or have unusual foliage, beautiful flowers?  Come join your neighbors for a walking tour of some of the special trees that grace Crown Hill’s private yards and public spaces. You’ll see remnants of an old orchard sprawled across what are now multiple single family lots, trees that rank among Seattle’s largest for their species, including a few recorded nowhere else in the City, and many other significant neighborhood trees.  Arthur Lee Jacobson, author of Trees of Seattle and Wild Plants of Greater Seattle, and a renowned local expert will lead our walking tour of some of the interesting trees in Crown Hill.

The walk begins at 9 AM, on Saturday, September 11th, 2010. We’ll gather at the large oak tree at the corner of 13th Ave NW and NW 95th street by the Crown Hill Center (formerly Crown Hill Elementary School).  The walk will be about 90 minutes long, and will be conducted at a leisurely, family-friendly pace to allow all to participate. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

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Trees for Seattle Neighborhoods

Here’s an opportunity to get some free trees from the city of Seattle. The city Department of Neighborhoods (DON) administers the Tree Fund to enhance the urban forest. Since 1972 the city estimates that Seattle’s urban forest tree cover has decreased from 40% to 22%. Trees play an important part in holding back stormwater surges, reducing erosion, retaining carbon, absorption of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and improving the aesthetic qualities of the urban environment. And we’ve lost some very large and some very old trees in Crown Hill in the last several years.

The DON Tree Fund has planted more than 20,000 trees in 15 years. This year’s program requires a group of neighbors living on a block or street get together and agree to plant between 10 to 40 trees. Each participating house can then choose a fruit tree.

Full details are available at the tree fund web site. Applications are due by August 16th, 2010.

Summer Tree Fruit Tree Pruning Class

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“City Fruit works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners grow healthy fruit, to harvest and use what they can, and to share what they don’t need. City Fruit collaborates with others involved in local food production, climate protection, horticulture, food security and community-building to protect and optimize urban fruit trees.” They have developed a mapping application to show the location of fruit trees within Seattle. If you would like to add your fruit trees to the map, or become a member of City Fruit, or volunteer to help, please visit their web site at http://cityfruit.org

City Fruit will be hosting two Summer Fruit Tree pruning classes in Seattle this summer. These are hands on classes taught by some of the most experienced teachers in the area. To register: click on the link of the class you want to attend (These link to the class registration at  Brown Paper Tickets). You can also send a check, with the name of the class and your contact information to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118.   Cost is $15 for City Fruit members, $20 for non-members.  After registering, you will receive confirmation and the address of the class.   If you can’t afford a class but really want to learn, email us at info@cityfruit.org.

July 17  Summer Pruning, North Seattle. 10:30  am – noon.  Summer pruning discourages excessive new growth and “can be used to slow down overly vigorous trees or trees that are too large” (P. Vossen).   It is most effective between June and late September.  Learn the proper techniques at this workshop located in a heritage urban orchard.    Ingela Wanerstrand is the owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible garden design and coaching.  She has been pruning fruit trees professionally for 14 years and leads the urban agriculture guild of Sustainable Ballard.

Comments on Ingela’s last class: “I wish I had taken this class 10 years ago.  It was the best two hours I’ve spent learning about pruning ever.”

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Tree Survey Question (still looking for responses)

In August 2009 we published a tree survey questionnaire here. We got quite a few responses, but we’re looking for more. Our grant proposal is currently being reviewed has been approved for funding by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. If approved, We will contract with an arborist to survey the neighborhood for trees, but Crown Hill is a large area to survey, and we can ensure the trees we think are significant are looked at by the arborist by identifying as many as possible ahead of time. We’ll be sponsoring a neighborhood walk in September 2010, and publishing a push-pin type map (similar to the one below) showing the trees.  Please take a look around and submit trees you think are significant whether they are in your yard, a neighbors yard, a public space. UPDATE (May 2010): Our grant proposal was approved for funding by the DON. The questionnaire is still open, so take a look at the updated map below and submit more trees. Thanks


View Crown Hill Tree Map in a larger map

To see the map larger and with a descriptive legend, click here.

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Holman/15th Median Study Review

15th Near 85th Artists Concept
15th Near 85th Artists Concept

Thanks to everyone who filled out a survey questionnaire to help gauge community and business support for a vegetated median along portions of 15th Ave NW (from 83rd St to 87th St) and Holman Road (from 87th St to 12th Ave).  The Holman Road / 15th Ave corridor is a dominant feature in our community, and improvements to the corridor have the potential to make our neighborhood safer for both drivers and pedestrians, healthier for businesses, nicer looking and greener.

Holman / 15th Median Study Community Review Meeting
December 10, 2009 at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30
Journey Church , 9204 11th Ave NW
Snacks provided

On Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association and the Crown Hill Business Association will host a community meeting to review designs for a series of planted medians for a section of the Holman Road / 15th Ave NW corridor.  Produced by a team of students from the University of Washington’s Community, Environment, and Planning Program, these designs reflect the responses from more than 290 Crown Hill residents through an online survey, as well as conversations with SDOT, Metro transit officials, and business owners along the corridor.

The student team will present a preliminary conceptual drawing (see draft below) and discuss several options for your comment.  Feedback from this meeting will be used to produce their final design recommendations.

Preliminary Median Concept Schematic
Preliminary Median Concept Schematic

Tree Pruning Class, Aug 14th, 2010

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City Fruit will be hosting two Summer Fruit Tree pruning classes in Seattle this summer. These are hands on classes taught by some of the most experienced teachers in the area. To register: click on the link of the class you want to attend (These link to the class registration at Brown Paper Tickets). You can also send a check, with the name of the class and your contact information to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118.   Cost is $15 for City Fruit members, $20 for non-members.  After registering, you will receive confirmation and the address of the class.   If you can’t afford a class but really want to learn, email us at info@cityfruit.org.

Aug 14  Summer Pruning, South Seattle. 10:00 am – noon.  Summer pruning discourages excessive new growth and “can be used to slow down overly vigorous trees or trees that are too large” (P. Vossen).   It is most effective between June and late September.  This class mixes lecture with hands-on demonstrations in a south Seattle urban orchard.  Bill Wanless is co-owner of brooke/wanless gardens, specializing in pruning of small trees, shrubs and vines.  He is an ISA-certified arborist with 20 years’ field experience.

Comments on Bill’s last class:  “Bill knew what he was talking about, had a nice demeanor, and seemed to really enjoy pruning.”  “He made sure we covered all of the relevant content and answered our questions.”  “Clear explanations.  Good hands on demonstration.” “He knew the subject well.”

Tree Pruning Class July 17th 2010

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City Fruit will be hosting two Summer Fruit Tree pruning classes in Seattle this summer. These are hands on classes taught by some of the most experienced teachers in the area. To register: click on the link of the class you want to attend (These link to the class registration at Brown Paper Tickets). You can also send a check, with the name of the class and your contact information to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118.   Cost is $15 for City Fruit members, $20 for non-members.  After registering, you will receive confirmation and the address of the class.   If you can’t afford a class but really want to learn, email us at info@cityfruit.org.

July 17  Summer Pruning, North Seattle. 10:30  am – noon.  Summer pruning discourages excessive new growth and “can be used to slow down overly vigorous trees or trees that are too large” (P. Vossen).   It is most effective between June and late September.  Learn the proper techniques at this workshop located in a heritage urban orchard.    Ingela Wanerstrand is the owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible garden design and coaching.  She has been pruning fruit trees professionally for 14 years and leads the urban agriculture guild of Sustainable Ballard.

Comments on Ingela’s last class: “I wish I had taken this class 10 years ago.  It was the best two hours I’ve spent learning about pruning ever.”