Big challenges, big plans
Bellevue in transition
Bellevue is growing. Long known as the “City in a Park,” big projects and economic ambitions are putting a lot of pressure on trees. Warmer winters and drier summers are adding more stress.
To reverse worrisome tree canopy trends, bold action is needed. 300 Trees challenges us to think outside the box.
Fall 2020 Pilot
The 300 Trees free tree pilot program for Fall 2020 was a roaring success. We distributed 50% more trees than we planned for. We have even more orders that we will fill during our Spring program.
With the help of our passionate volunteers, we kept costs under $20 per tree, financed by private donors. By comparison, Seattle’s free tree program costs $150 per tree!
We are on track to meet or exceed our first annual goal of planting 300 trees. It’s a great start, but truly, it’s just a drop in the bucket.
To make a real difference, we need to partner with city and local government, schools, churches, and whole neighborhoods. We need to cut costs by growing our own trees in bulk.
The scale of the challenge is both exciting and humbling.
In addition to our free tree programs, we are excited about an innovative project known as a “Tiny Forest.” It’s a densely planted miniature forest about the size of a tennis court that rapidly becomes a self-sustaining eco-system for birds and animals. Invented in Japan, Tiny Forests are now appearing in Europe.
300 Trees is coordinating public grant funds, private donations, Northwest vegetation experts, volunteers, and land donors to make Bellevue one of the first Tiny Forest success stories in the nation!
Outside the box
Bellevue is a leader in high-tech innovation. Why not use leading-edge policies and technology in pursuit of climate solutions?
We are talking to the Department of Transportation about the possibility of using remotely operated drones to plant trees in hard-to-reach stretches of land near freeways. Yes, it sounds like science fiction, but we have members who do amazing things in their high-tech jobs. Let’s leverage those skills!
Do you have a great idea to improve Bellevue’s tree canopy? Tell us about it!