|Planting strip tree, before sidewalk construction|
Seattle values its trees so much that they are legally protected. Each tree over 6" in diameter is valued by a city arborist before construction. In the notice above, the tree is valued at $3300. In older neighborhoods trees can easily be worth $30,000. Damage to a tree results, at minimum, in a fine equal to its value. "If the violation is willful or malicious, the amount of the penalty may be trebled."
It's so pleasant to walk under beautiful old shady trees on a warm day. The trees also harbor a host of wild birds, and help keep the city cool. Good job Seattle!