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City seeks volunteer Tree Ambassadors

What do you think? Comments Off March 8, 2012 at 4:29PM

Seattle reLeaf Program Manager Jana Dilley shares the following information about Seattle Public Utilities’ Tree Ambassador program:

Do you love trees? Do you want to see more trees planted in your neighborhood? More attention paid to existing trees? Are you interested in volunteering in your community and learning more about urban forestry? The Tree Ambassador program is for you!

The Tree Ambassador program empowers residents to become stewards of the urban forest and serve as resources for their local community. Tree Ambassadors are trained in the basics of urban forestry and community organizing. Tree Ambassadors work in teams to develop neighborhood projects such as tree walks, invasive species removal workdays, and/or tree plantings.

Currently 23 percent of Seattle is covered with tree canopy. The City has a goal to reach 30 percent canopy cover by 2037.  The 2011 Tree Ambassador cohort cared for 113 street trees in Capitol Hill, developed a Tree Walk around Greenlake, produced brochures on conifers and ivy, staffed tables at many local neighborhood events, and more! What will 2012’s cohort do?

You can learn more about the program and apply by visiting www.Seattle.gov/trees.  Applications are being accepted through April 16 for teams of two to four people to serve as local neighborhood advocates for urban trees. Individuals may apply, but they would be expected to form a team with people who live close to them. Tree Ambassadors must live in Seattle.

Seattle’s urban forest needs you – apply today!

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