Shoreline again recognized as a Tree City USA - ceremony Sunday

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Twin Ponds Park
Photo by Melissa Banker
Brief ceremony before Earth Day/ Arbor Day work party at Twin Ponds Park Sunday, April 24, 9:30am to Noon

For the fourth year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City of Shoreline as a Tree City USA.

Shoreline achieved 2015 Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four standards: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of a least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

On Sunday, April 24, Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Specialist from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, will present the City with its Tree City USA recognition at the beginning of an Earth Day/ Arbor Day work party at Twin Ponds Park.

The work party is from 9:30am to noon. Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 29) by joining your neighbors and fellow native plant enthusiasts. Volunteers will be removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants. Nearby neighbors have donated evergreen saplings and the Shoreline Parks Department is providing sword ferns, Indian plums (osoberry), thimbleberries, and flowering currents.

The saplings will help replace the young conifers lost during the 2015 drought and the shrubs will do their part in creating a sustainable understory in this suburban forest. Trees clean the air that we breathe and benefit birds and other wildlife. Help honor both Earth Day and Arbor Day by encouraging and nurturing trees in Twin Ponds Park!

Volunteers will meet at the Meridian Avenue entrance (across the street from the Evergreen School). Dress appropriately; long sleeves and a hat recommended. Tools and gloves will be available, but you will be most comfortable with your own pair of gloves. Feel free to bring a trowel, fork, and/ or loppers if you have them. For more information, email.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. More information available here.


Anonymous,  April 20, 2016 at 10:56 AM  

What a joke. Wait until Sound Transit mows down all the trees on the east side of I-5 without replacing them. Wait until the yards and trees get mowed down in the station areas with every square foot paved over to make way for apartment buildings.

Anonymous,  April 20, 2016 at 4:03 PM  

I wish the city of Shoreline would do more to address to its citizens the ecological significance of our conifer trees. Education is needed so that people will make informed decisions as to whether to have a tree removed & if so, which trees require a permit. There are many trees being removed that have not gone through that process.

Anonymous,  April 21, 2016 at 7:39 PM  

Unfortunately, the City hired a "urban tree" consultant to whittle all of the conifers off of the "approved City tree list". So even if there are requirements for tree replacement along the light rail corridor, it will likely be spindly deciduous trees that will never grow to the height or magnificence of these old conifers.

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