Tacoma is tree-mendous!

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Dept Supervisor Lenny Young, and Councilwoman Lauren Walker plant the first tree to kick off the Hilltop Diversitree Program. PHOTO: Janet Pearce
Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Dept Supervisor Lenny Young, and Councilwoman Lauren Walker plant the first tree to kick off the Hilltop Diversitree Program. PHOTO: Janet Pearce

Last Friday, October 11, City of Tacoma residents joined Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma Councilmember Lauren Walker, and Department of Natural Resources Supervisor Lenny Young for a ceremonial tree planting. Very soon, more than 200 trees will be planted in Tacoma’s Hilltop community.

The celebration was not only to show off the plan for a ‘tree boulevard’ but, also was an award ceremony. This is the City of Tacoma’s nineteenth year as a Tree City USA Community, ninth year as a Tree Line USA and the sixth as a recipient of a Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Hilltop’s Diversitree Project is focused on planting the right tree in the right place. The project aims to plant a diversity of tree species that have similar forms, sizes, and vibrant fall colors. The city also will plant other types of trees, including evergreens, that can and offer year-round visual interest and grow well without damaging sidewalks or interfering with power lines.

The Hilltop Diversitree Project will help move Tacoma towards its goal of having a tree canopy over 30 percent of the city’s area by 2030. The goal is to get the maximum environmental benefits that trees provide, such as absorbing storm water, improving air quality, sequestering carbon, and shading homes and streets. The city encourages planting a diversity of tree species to lessen the chance of disease or insects causing widespread tree die-offs. Learn more about the project that is taking place over the next four months.

Along with an anonymous donor, funding assistance was also provided by DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program in partnership with the USDA Forest Service.

To learn more about healthy trees, go to DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program website (www.dnr.wa.gov/urbanforestry). The DNR program provides technical, educational and financial assistance to Washington’s cities and towns, counties, non-profit organizations, and associations.

 

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