Tree Ambassador Program
The City of Seattle has an ambitious goal of reaching 30% *canopy cover by 2037, which should be no problem for a city famed as THE Emerald City. But, with over half of Seattle’s land cover already wrapped up in residential properties and an exploding population, there are limited options for the City to plant trees. There is, however, a lot of potential for planting in those residential areas. We need residents to plant the right trees in their yards and in their parking strips if we are going to reach our goal.
Forterra works hand in hand with the city’s Trees for Seattle program to get residents engaged in the urban forests with the Tree Ambassador program. Volunteer Tree Ambassadors are trained to motivate and educate their communities by leading Tree Walks and heading up landscape renewal projects.
Tree Walks are a great way to learn about the different trees that you could plant, and enough information to know if it would be a good candidate for your yard. Even if you don’t have a yard, these walks are a fun way to get to know Seattle’s neighborhoods, and increase your tree knowledge. Tree Walks are created and led by Tree Ambassador volunteers regularly, or you can download one of the Tree Walks and head out on your own to discover Seattle’s great trees.
Tree Ambassadors adopt public spaces in Seattle neighborhoods to weed, mulch and activate neighborhood greenspaces. There are spots all over Seattle where we need residents to pitch in to care for public spaces: see the map here.
Get involved by joining a volunteer-led Tree Walk or pitch in at a landscape renewal project in a Seattle neighborhood. Tree Ambassadors are your neighborhood volunteers, and they would love your support at their tree walks and volunteer work parties.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Tree Ambassador? Contact us to express your interest, and we’ll let you know when you can join our next training.
*Canopy cover is the proportion of land area covered by tree crowns as viewed from the air.
Forterra was able to support the creation of the Tree Ambassador program thanks to the generous funding of the US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, and continues involvement thanks to Seattle Public Utilities.