Trees in Eastlake: Why are they disappearing? Wed., April 26, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Experts will talk about the benefits of trees and how various current public policies are threatening trees in parks, along streets and other public rights of way, and on private lands. Public meeting sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council.

Trees: inventory, protection, and planting
[Click here for inventory form and instructions]
[Click here for 2013 Eastlake Tree Walk guide]

Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. — Joni Mitchell

The Eastlake Community Council is working to inventory Eastlake’s trees, plant new trees, and protect existing trees where possible. It is all too easy to take trees for granted. Yet they provide habitat for birds and other creatures, clean air, slope stability, shade, beauty, and noise insulation.

Trees grace our public spaces, and can greatly increase the value of private property. Agencies are less likely to remove trees on public property if the neighborhood is aware and organized. Property owners are less likely to remove a tree if they know more about it. Locations lacking trees can be identified for an appropriate addition.

Let’s find out the diversity, quantity, and condition of trees growing in the neighborhood before we lose them. A start was the June 1, 2013 Eastlake Tree Walk. Click above or here for that day’s guide, which was prepared with the help of Tree Ambassador volunteers Penny Kriese, Debbie Lematta, and Philip Stielstra. The guide includes a walking map with photos and descriptions of 56 different tree species found along just five blocks of the Eastlake neighborhood, dramatizing the importance of trees to our local environment.

Please volunteer to help with ECC’s inventory of Eastlake trees. You can identify the trees on your property, your block, in a park, or anywhere else in Eastlake. Click above or here for the inventory form and instructions, including books and web sites for help in identifying and measuring trees, and how to contact ECC with questions. Thanks for helping with this important project! We’ll contact you about the results.

ECC welcomes questions about Eastlake trees, and suggestions of what more we can do to understand, protect, and promote trees in the neighborhood. Contact us at or (206) 473-2849.

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