By Peggy Sturdivant
Diana Gardiner first contacted me on March 13, 2015. She was a newly trained volunteer Tree Ambassador as part of the City of Seattle’s reLeaf program. She had just led her first Tree Walk in Ballard and wondered if I’d be interested in writing about the training and upcoming walks.
We kept in touch and decided to meet on September 14, 2015 in advance of two September 26, 2015 Tree Walks in Ballard. Unfortunately it’s now the date that marks an event that has changed her as a Seattle citizen.
One week earlier she had seen the Notice of Land Use Action sign on the fence of a corner lot near her home; subdivision to build three-story townhouses. Based on the building plans available on-line she could tell that all the trees in the lot would likely be razed. Gardiner knows trees now, which is why she recognized the Gingko tree as possibly exceptional, meaning it might be left standing per DPD code.More ›