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Illegal Tree Cutting? Contact hotlines to find out!

by Peter Steinbrueck October 2014

Have you witnessed the cutting down of mature trees in your neighborhood and wondered if it was legally permitted? It’s pretty shocking to watch, and see outside your windows, where there was once a beautiful living mature tree canopy. You can help!10635709_10204139440979541_1701764516291994666_n

The City of Seattle has numbers you can call to report any potentially unlawful tree cutting, either on public or private property. This occurred next to my home in Ravenna, on a nearby vacant lot where once stood a fine old Victorian house, demolished a year ago for future townhouse style development. Over the weekend a tree service company, working into the night, surreptitously removed 4 or 5 mature trees from private lot, including a beautiful 36 inch red cedar. The tree service said the city told them the large trees could fall on power lines or street in storm.

I was dubious, and called the City this morning. Sure enough, no permit had been issued. Unfortunately, it was too late.

Don’t let this happen in your neighborhood! Here are the numbers to call:

CITY NUMBERS TO CALL TO REPORT POSSIBLE ILLEGAL TREE CUTTING:

During non-business hours call the policy non-emergency number 206-525-5011 to report illegal cutting

Illegal cutting on Seattle Parks Department property should be reported to (206) 684-4113 during regular business hours (8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Monday through Friday.)

Illegal cutting on other public property should be reported to (206) 684-TREE (8733) during regular business hours ( 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Monday through Friday).

Illegal cutting on private property should be reported to DPD at 615-0808 ( 8:00 am – 4:30pm – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays & 10:00 am – 4:30 pm – Wednesdays).

http://www.seattle.gov/trees/illegalcutting.htm

And consider joining the Tree PAC in Seattle http://treepac.org/tree-preservation-efforts-in-seattle/

Contact Seattle hotlines to report suspected illegal tree cutting. We need more trees not less for #climate @petesteinbrueck thanks!