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A Breath of Fresh Air: Community Tree Planting Event

February 9, 2023

Forests and trees provide important environment and community benefits — they improve air quality, help regulate environmental temperature, provide wildlife habitats, retain open green spaces, and reduce stormwater runoff, to name a few. The Port of Seattle is committed to maintaining and building tree and forest health as part of our commitment to people and the planet. Both our maritime and aviation environmental teams, along with community partners, work together to restore, renew, and care for trees and forests, all while balancing the economic and safety needs of the Port.  


On Saturday, February 4th, the Port hosted a community planting event near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Airport in Burien, WA. Participants from around the region planted nearly 150 trees and shrubs at a site previously overtaken by invasive plant species. Blackberry and ivy are particularly unhealthy for trees as they can negatively affect the health of current, thriving trees and prevent the growth of new ones by covering the forest floor.  

Invasive undergrowth before the planting event


After the tree planting event

Since 2006, the Port has planted over 41,000 trees across Seattle and neighboring communities.  

“Community tree planting events encompass a number of Port values in a single gathering.” Sandy Kilroy, Senior Director of Environment and Sustainability, recalls. “Together, we practice thoughtful management of our natural resources, improve our environmental health, and foster deeper relationships and understanding among our community." 


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