Seahurst is becoming Easter Island. Easter Island used to be a forested island inhabited by humans, until they cut down every single last tree and drove themselves to extinction. While Seahurst currently has many trees--more large trees than most urban neighborhoods--they are coming down at a steady rate, faster than they are being replaced. This page will keep track of the trees we have lost. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, the Seahurst neighborhood will have a tree inventory. This might not stop the cutting, but it will serve as a record of how we used to be.
Address Type Cause Date
Eagle Landing Park, SW corner 2 maples, 18"+ Unstable slope? 20090101
14601 24th Ave SW Several Large Douglas-fir, 24"+ Chainsaw Around 2002?
14601 22nd Ave SW Large evergreen, 24"+ Chainsaw 2008
15100 24th Ave SW Douglas-fir about 36" Chainsaw 2008
2722 SW 151st St. 1 or 2 large evergreens, about 24" Chainsaw 2008
15013 28TH AVE SW Large maple, about 36" Old age, saw 2007?
14645 25th Ave SW Several large alders, about 20" Fell. Age, unstable slope 2008
2203 SW 149TH ST Large Douglas-fir, about 36" Fell in severe storm 20061215
Eagle Landing Park 1 cedar, 36"+, 1 fir, 36"+ Snapped off in storm 20061215
14928 22ND AVE SW Two large Douglas-firs, 36" Chainsaw 2005?
14970 22ND AVE SW Large pine, about 36" Chainsaw 2008
14937 20TH AVE SW? Large maple? over 36" Chainsaw 2008
14627 21ST AVE SW? Two large Douglas-firs, 36" Chainsaw 2008
14660 21ST AVE SW 3 large douglas-firs topped (cut in half) Chainsaw 2000?
2449 SW 150TH ST Cedar, about 36" Chainsaw 2000?
14431 25th Ave SW Large Douglas-fir, 20" Chainsaw 2009
14xx SW 148th St. Mature evergreen Chainsaw 2009
144xx 14th Ave SW Mature tree, unknown Chainsaw 2009
Eagle Landing Park Madrona, 24" Fell, old age 2009
It is unclear whether these trees were all cut down legally. Many of them may have been in the buffer zone of the eagles' nest tree, and subject to the rules of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Even if these trees were protected, laws concerning trees are almost never enforced. As a community, what should we do about this? Just let it happen? Are property rights so important that the community must give up all our trees in the name of personal freedom? Houses change ownership every 11years, on average, and sellers and new owners may have incentives to remove significant trees. A tree that could live to be over a thousand years old will be subject to the personal whims of hundreds of "owners". If we stick with our current policies, and we keep losing significant trees at the rate of five to ten every year, in twenty years we will have lost a third of Seahurst's urban forest.
http://wdfw.wa.gov/hab/phs/vol4/baldeagle.pdf This document would seem to suggest that you would need to talk to WDFW before cutting a significant tree within half a mile of the eagles' nest, which would include every single address listed above, and most of the neighborhood historically known as Seahurst. (Roughly 16th to the water, 146th to 152nd.)