Canopy Connections: Planning for Conservation Success
Seattle Audubon's urban conservation project Canopy Connections is a citywide effort to inventory tree canopy on public and private lands and ultimately to help citizens enhance wildlife corridors in their neighborhoods. The project offers a holistic approach by engaging private landowners, businesses, city departments, and non-profit groups in implementing an integrative tree canopy cover across the city. Canopy Connections will ensure the proper implementation of the City of Seattle’s new tree ordinance, which will require the city to have at least a 30 percent tree canopy cover by 2036. This project speaks to all three of Audubon's Toyota TogetherGreen conservation goals: Tree restoration provides habitat for resident and migratory birds; The trees serve as buffers for storm-water collection and runoff; and they help to mitigate the city's heat-island effect. This project will be led by Marieke Rack.