Seattle is losing trees in its parks and urban forests. The aging public forest is dying, being slowly choked away by invasive plants or killed by disease. There are 60 fewer acres of parks and nature that were shaded or protected by trees in 2007. Seattle does have a goal of increasing its stock of trees. Seattle has a long history of conservation efforts, and parts of the city-owned forests were established as long ago as 100 years –so although it is natural for trees of this age to begin to die, council members are committed to the continuation of the trees . Budget cuts interfere with maintenance efforts but leaders and arborists are working on policy and dealing with the sad truth that in the wake of budget cuts, tree and budgets are usually cut first, and the heaviest.
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