Planting Trees for Thriving Communities
The trees in our cities and towns provide many benefits—cleaning the water flowing into Puget Sound; purifying the air we breathe; beautifying our neighborhoods; and so much more.
Embrace daily opportunities to find inspiration in the power of trees. And play your part in supporting their health. Learn how you can steward the trees in your community, or start just by telling your story. Join us as we celebrate being Rooted in Puget Sound.
Connecting with Trees
through Art and Story
We each connect to trees in different ways. Trees recall memories from our childhood, or spark inspiration a neighborhood walk. We value the benefits they provide for habitat and health. And for some, trees connect us to our ancestors.
Each of us can support the health of the trees in our region – whether it is caring for the tree in your yard, talking about the value of trees with your neighbors and others, or volunteering with a local organization to plant trees in restoration sites and local green spaces.
People across Puget Sound shared how they connect with trees through our onllne contest. From photos to paintings to poems, read on to explore the diverse ways that trees inspire us
“Most people don’t know about how trees benefit so many things and how its all connected through a huge and complicated system.”
As Forest Partnerships Manager, Darcy finds herself among the trees pretty often. But one special species still stops her in her tracks.
Whether in Germany, the midwest, Seattle or its native Chile, this tree springs eternal in the author’s life.
“Our front lawn of grass would eventually dry, brown, and poke at my small, soft feet; and two enormous sycamore trees stood side-by-side like sentinels protecting our small family.”
Raised in New England, our Central Cascades community coordinator recalls a joke from a recent WA hike: “‘They must have stolen this scent from Yankee Candle!’ This joke is an artifact of our disbelief that any collection of trees can be that fragrant.”
“I put my hands on all the trees I remembered. They were the same, perhaps minutely broader. And who knows? Maybe they remembered me too.”
Our lead scientist (and marine biologist) reveres trees after concluding that they are full of fish.
“As soon as she was into the ground you could see how much she needed to be there and how happy she was.”
“It watched us have our babies, raise them and set them free, / It watched our parents grow old and no longer show, / It watched our friends come and go….”
My memories of a slightly expanding world are with my childhood friend Brian. We decided we were going to climb every tree in our yards.
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The Benefits of Urban Trees: Visual Resources
Tree canopy provides a suite of benefits to urban communities: improving water quality and quantity; mitigating the flow of water during heavy rains, capturing carbon; reducing air pollution; and moderating temperature during warmer months of the year. Watch our videos and click through our infographics to learn more about the benefits trees bring to Puget Sound cities.