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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


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).


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