City No Tree Is Safe
posted by September 15 at 16:43 PMon
Save the Trees—a group of North Seattle residents who recently won a court ruling halting the Seattle School District’s plan to remove a grove of trees from Ingraham High School’s campus—is rallying the troops again after a developer apparently cut down a patch of trees in North Seattle over the weekend.
In a letter, Save the Trees spokesman Steve Zemke says:
The first lot is a pile of tree trunks and branches where a number of trees have just been cut down including a Douglas fir some 80 years old as well as healthy madrone trees.
[T]he developer appears to have jumped the gun on cutting down and destroying all the trees and vegetation on this site before the final permits were granted.
This action points out the urgent need to pass an emergency tree protection ordinance prohibiting cutting down trees like this until environmental and land use review has been completed.
Developers win again and again. Trees lose again and again.
Save the Trees will hold a press conference at the site this Sunday at 10:00 AM.