Letter to the Editor: Decisions about tree retention will affect residents far into the future

Thursday, July 26, 2018

To the Editor:

July 30 City Council Meeting, 7pm -- Tree Retention or Replacement

The Council will be discussing the Planning Commission's proposals regarding reducing tree retention / replacement in MUR 70 zones. Their decision will affect residents far into the future. Our climate is changing; it is getting hotter. Workers in cities in Asia are suffering and often unable to work due to devastating heat – 95, 111, 118 degrees. An electrician said, “It's a fact. You build a road, you cut down trees, that makes it hotter.” Some cities that had felled trees for construction projects are busy trying to plant new ones. Heat waves are increasing. Shoreline will not be immune to the “silent killer.” It is not enough to have trees in our parks and be certified as a “Tree City” if old, large evergreen trees are cut down everywhere else and puny ornamental trees are planted in their place. Please read the July 18th Seattle Times article “Scorching heat threatens to make cities unlivable” :

Submit your comments before July 30 for Council review here

Attend the meeting if you are able, July 30, 7pm, here 17500 Midvale Ave N

Jonelle Kemmerling


Anonymous,  July 26, 2018 at 7:46 AM  

There was a write up about the "warming zone" effect in the Seattle Times again today. These Urban Heat Islands are really proving to be problematic. It's looking more and more like density isn't so great for the environment, physical health, or mental health, especially in Shoreline's case where mature, carbon sequestering trees are on set to me destroyed. Overall, the carbon reducing trade-off, just simply isn't there if your contributing more to warming by cramming everyone and everything in concrete blight. Sorry fanatical urbanists, your narrative is falling apart.

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