This project is being done in conjunction with the Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors to clear some of the trees and branches that are blocking the view from the observation tower on top of Sehome Hill. A master plan for the Sehome Hill Arboretum was first adopted in 1978, updated in 2002, and adopted by City Council in 2004. The master plan calls for tree and vegetation pruning and removal in order to restore and preserve the panoramic views from the observation tower. The purpose of this proposal is to re-establish view corridors by removing mostly alders and maples, and pruning selected conifers. The proposed work would be done by crews on foot using chainsaws to reduce disturbance to the soil and other vegetation that might be caused with larger equipment. Trees would be cut up or chipped on site, and some may be left as snags to provide wildlife habitat. To maintain the cleared views over time, low growing native shrubs would be introduced in their place.
Critical Areas Permit received June 2016. Work scheduled to begin in 2017.