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Focus on “Greening” Rainier Beach

water bagMajestic awe-inspiring trees are what make Seattle a great place to live and work. Our urban trees make our streets friendly to walk and bike; soak up rainwater to keep our streams, lakes, and Puget Sound clean; calm traffic, helping to avoid accidents; build community by creating pleasant spaces for neighbors to be outside and get to know each other; and clean our air, making it easier to breathe.

The City of Seattle’s Urban Forestry Team is focusing on growing trees in the Rainier Beach neighborhood for the July 2014 – June 2015 season. Throughout the year, you may see our staff and volunteers out working on projects such as planting, caring for young trees, pruning, and clearing trees away from power lines to reduce power outages. We will also be present at a number of community meetings and gatherings such as Rainier Summer Streets.

We would love for you to join us in this effort. We are seeking volunteers to help with events such as Arbor Day (October 18), street tree planting with Seattle City Light (October 11), and Green Seattle Day (November 8). More details on these events will be coming out as the dates approach. You can always find more information on the Seattle reLeaf website  or contact Seattle reLeaf at 206-615-1668 or