Many people will know the giant sequoia, located in the triangle where Fourth Avenue intersects with Olive and Stewart streets, as that very tall evergreen tree by Macy’s (formerly the Bon Marche) that is draped with colored lights during the winter holidays. The once beautiful tree has been in declining health in recent years and has a damaged top. The question is: can such a tree survive in its current environment of pavement and exhaust produced by heavy traffic?
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Urban Forestry is undertaking a soil renovation operation on June 10, after consulting with an internationally known expert. Special equipment (air spade and vactor truck) will be used to aerate the surface soil, and also to replace some of the deeper soil with compost. In future weeks the Urban Forestry staff plans to follow up with work on the tree itself to encourage the development of a new “central leader” at the top of the tree.
Date: Thursday, June 10
Media contact: Marybeth Turner, (2060 684-8548