Nestled in Lower Kinnear Park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill stands one of the largest big leaf linden trees in Washington state. In the past year, the tree conserved enough energy to heat or cool a house for one week. It intercepted the equivalent of 13 people’s annual water consumption, and it reduced atmospheric carbon equal to a car’s six-day output.
The more we know about trees and wildlife, the more motivated we become to take care of them. This April, Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with HBB Landscape Architecture and the Friends of Lower Kinnear Park, placed 16 informational signs around Lower Kinnear Park to teach the public about an urban forest’s quantitative environmental benefits, tree species and growth patterns. The signs were sponsored by a grant from the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment. [Read more…]