Mayor Nickels recently proposed a plan to plant 649,000 trees in Seattle. Restoring the Urban Forest that has been lost to all the new construction, disease, ivy, etc.
"Seattle's urban trees add value to our community in many ways; they beautify our surroundings, absorb stormwater and climate-disrupting gases, clean the air, reduce erosion and increase property values. Recognizing these vital contributions, Mayor Nickels has made restoring the urban forest a priority for the city, and a key component of the Environmental Action Agenda."
This is a long overdue idea and I am excited to see more trees in every Seattle street and neighborhood
To kick off this program they are even giving away trees for you to plant. You can read all about the project here http://www.seattle.gov/environment/trees/