Tacoma plants record 803 free street trees

The City of Tacoma’s TreeStreet NW program, formerly known as the Free Street Tree program, branched out and planted a record 803 trees over the past two years throughout Tacoma. TreeStreet NW is an opportunity for city residents to obtain free trees to be planted in the rights-of-way.

Participants go through an application process and the City orders and obtains the trees after the application has been approved, and offers assistance in species selection; the participants are responsible for planting and maintaining the trees.

The tree planting program supports one of the City’s Green Ribbon Climate Action Task Force recommendations, which strives to increase tree planting on City and public property; and to establish a numeric goal, such as 200,000 trees, in an effort to absorb and remove carbon from the air (carbon sequestration).

For photos of the tree plantings, an application for the TreeStreet NW program, or for information about trees, visit the new urban forestry Web site at cityoftacoma.org/evergreenTacoma.

According to City of Tacoma Urban Forester Ramie Pierce, residents planted a record 803 free street trees over the past two years. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)