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Tree Canopy

Our work around the Tree Campaign

The LWVSC adopted a Program of Work in 2021: A Tree Campaign to protect and enhance urban tree canopy in Snohomish County as a response to the climate crisis.
Tree canopy is a well-recognized element in urban areas that impacts the climate crisis and enhances community well-being. A city tree manager in Des Moines, IA said, “The crux of the problem, according to scientists and environmental planners, is that Americans, from everyday citizens to government officials, are often not fully aware of the benefits that trees provide. In addition to reducing heat, trees filter out air pollution, suck up storm water, store carbon, nurture wildlife and even improve people’s mental and physical health.” (The New York Times) Accomplishing our goal will require education and advocacy to help the public understand its role in guiding good government. 


Our Plan of Work

  • Advocate for urban trees in Snohomish County

  • Plant trees in the Everett, WA Delta Neighborhood

  • Create a short film about trees 



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Advocacy
Advocacy

Goal: Protect and enhance urban tree canopy in Snohomish County as a response to the climate crisis.

LWVSC Natural Resources helped write a Proposed Urban Tree Policy on urban trees for the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Update to be adopted in 2024 by the County Council. If adopted, the policy will create new standing for urban trees in discussions around growth. Population growth in Snohomish County provides the need and opportunity to design infrastructure that brings humans back into balance with our environment. The proposed policy will provide a framework around which incentives and regulation will be developed to guide growth in our county. We will call on the public to talk to each other and to our elected officials. We must adopt and implement plans to build and Evergreen Community.


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How you can help with Advocacy
How you can help with Advocacy
  • Do you like social media?
    Standby during the hearing process and be ready to shout out calls for comment. There will be times when the public is invited to share its opinion with the County Council about the urban tree policy via email or “in-person” (Zoom). We need to be ready to rally comment as residents (not as League members) within our own networks.
  • Do you want to practice testifying as a resident (not as League members)?
    During the public comment period we will ask the community to let the County Council know how important the urban tree policy is. Whether you’re experienced with giving testimony or not, this is a great chance to practice being the voice of the public. Talking points will be available and opportunities to practice in advance if it’s of interest to you. 
  • Do you like research?
    Find stories from trusted sources on the value of urban trees to use in testimony.
  • Do you like to write?
    Create Stories That Move Mountains. Real-life examples of what urban trees mean to us are very persuasive. A couple of data points within a personal story is much more persuasive than rows of charts. Use inspiration from the Stories to write some testimony.

Contact us to help with any of these projects.


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Partnerships - Tree Planting
Partnerships - Tree Planting
Goal: The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County will partner with the Delta Neighborhood Association, the City of Everett, and Forterra to enhance tree canopy in the Delta Neighborhood, Everett, WA.

This project provides an opportunity to enhance urban tree canopy within a vulnerable population and to educate the public about its role in environmental stewardship. According to American Forests' Tree Equity Score, the Delta Neighborhood scored 58% out of 100%. It shows 10% tree canopy cover, 32% people of color, and 53% people in poverty. LWVSC will join with the Delta Neighborhood Assoc. to meet with Everett City Public Works and Parks Dept. to coordinate plans. We will support the Delta Neighborhood with grant writing, developing educational media and printed materials, and canvassing the neighborhood to educate and recruit homeowners to adopt a tree on their property. 


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How you can help with Tree Planting
How you can help with Tree Planting
  • Do you enjoy research?
    We have a list of possible tree planting grants. We need to search which would be appropriate to this project and what its timeline is for applying.
  • Do you like to write?
    We need to write the grants using templates of descriptions prepared to describe the elements of the project, the costs and the benefits. We can work on these in a group and insert them into various grants.
  • Do you have administrative skills?
    We may have  opportunities to administer grants we receive.
  • Do you like sales?
    We can contact community groups, school administrators and teachers, churches, and businesses to educate the public in Everett about tree stewardship as property owners.

Contact us to help with any of these projects.



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Education - The Movie
Education - The Movie
Goal: Educate the public about the challenges between urban trees and human activity.
Education is key to bringing our understanding about stewardship home to every property owner. We will create a short film about trees for use as messaging to the public. We will look for opportunities to present the film to groups in Snohomish County that might become partners in advocacy around urban tree policy-civic groups, churches, business, neighborhood groups, etc.

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How you can help with The Movie
How you can help with The Movie
  • Do you like writing?
    Help write the message about the role of urban trees on private property and about where humans stand in relation to the balance of nature. Find data in Stories That Move Mountains to inspire and strengthen your message.
  • Do you enjoy sales?
    Find groups interested in hearing about this issue in Snohomish County and get an invitation to view the film. 
  • Do you like public speaking?
    Be a cast member talking about the importance of trees OR
    Introduce the film and talk about tree stewardship on private property at screenings throughout the county.

Contact us to help with any of these projects.