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Seattle receives $12.9 million to plant more trees

Most of the money will go towards supporting urban forestry and job training throughout the city.


Green is definitely our color.

Photo by Tim Durkan via City of Seattle

The City of Seattle is going to be throwing a lot more shade around pretty soon. We’re talking about trees, of course.

Seattle will soon receive $12.9 million from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to bolster its urban tree canopy. The funds are part of a $1 billion project from the USDA to address climate change and extreme heat by literally creating more shade.

In a study conducted by the city, neighborhoods that had fewer trees also had significantly higher average temperatures during the summer.

Seattle will use the $12.9 million to do a few things:

  • Plant new trees in areas that need them most and maintain existing canopy throughout the city
  • Help connect youth with future environment-related employment
  • Spruce up the Delridge Native Forest Garden

In the meantime, you can read up on the City’s new tree protection ordinance.