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Friday, February 7, 2014

City of Seattle Looking for New "Tree Ambassadors"

Posted by on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Did you know that the city has a "Tree Ambassador" program? Well, it sure does, and they're looking for new tree ambassadors right now! It's your time to shine, We just got this adorable announcement yesterday:

Tree Ambassadors Wanted: Help care for Seattle’s urban trees.

The City of Seattle’s reLeaf program is looking for new Tree Ambassadors to care for our urban trees—no previous experience necessary! We need your help in these areas, plus we’ll train you:

Tree Walks: Show off your favorite local trees and engage your community. Learn the basics of making maps, identifying trees, and creating walking routes. Next training: Wednesday, March 12 and Saturday, March 15 (attend both).

Landscape Renewal: Plan and organize small-scale renovation projects to improve the health of our local trees. Renovation work includes removing invasive plants, planting trees and understory plants, and mulching. Next training: Wednesday, April 2 and Saturday, April 5 (attend both).

Street Tree Stewardship: Adopt street tree plantings and help them thrive. Learn to plan work parties and recruit volunteers to mulch, weed, and care for the trees that are essential to making Seattle’s neighborhoods walkable. Next training: May 17.

Learn more at You can also e-mail or call us at or 206-615-1668.

Those who finish their training get a name tag and T-shirt. The site reminds you: "No previous tree experience necessary—just a love of trees!" Hey, wait a minute... I believe we have a very good candidate right here in our office.


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I thought that was what the Lorax was for.
Posted by Fr0zt on February 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM · Report this
What, a program that runs off unpaid interns like this girl ?…
Posted by ChefJoe on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
theophrastus 3
part of this was due to Conlin losing to Sawant. Conlin was, somewhat justly, perceived as the city's 'Lorax'. i was feckless witness at a community council meeting a month or so ago to a couple who gripped the microphone with "now that Conlin is gone, who will look after the trees? ... will Councilperson Sawant protect the trees??" ...everyone has their own desperate interests
Posted by theophrastus on February 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
meanie 4
I love large trees, but the city limits the size and variety of trees planted, as well as their care and feeding.

If I could afford to have a nice big douglass fir, or other large tree in my yard I would, but the liability of it falling on someones else's property, or worse giving the city an excuse to hit me up for tens of thousands of dollars to rebuild sidewalks, power lines or any other incidental impact prevents me from doing anything about it.
Posted by meanie on February 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Posted by hola on February 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM · Report this
If you love trees, tell your member of Congress to pass legislation that will help stop global warming, like a carbon fee and dividend (See Citizens Climate Lobby for national action and Carbon Washington for state action on this issue. ) Burning fossil fuels raises the Earth's temperature which increases the breeding potential of beetles that love trees too, and too many beetles kill trees. Also the drought and warmer temperature dry out and stress trees, so when fires get started they have nice dry tinder, and burn burn burn, leaving bare, hot land instead of cool green forests, which makes the global warming worse .
Posted by LouiseS on February 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM · Report this

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