COMMITTEES

HERITAGE TREE COMMITTEE

The former Education/Advocacy committee has morphed into the Heritage Tree Program Committee. Committee members review nominations and select heritage trees.  We also plan and execute Heritage Tree Dedications each year.

Heritage Tree Dedication

Large dedications have included such highlights as Mayor Paul Schell walking with PlantAmnesty's Walking Forest (tree costumes) into the woods of Seward Park to dedicate a four hundred year old Douglas fir tree.  We have also had Seattle City Council Members Jan Drago and Nick Licata climb high into trees being dedicated, using ropes and arborists' saddles.

The rest of the committee's time is spent working out the policies of the Heritage Tree Program, with two annual 'weighty matters' meetings and reviewing trees nominated for heritage tree status.

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PLANT SALE COMMITTEE

Plant Sale sign

The Plant Sale Committee puts on, you guessed it, the plant sale. What makes this sale unique is the fact that ALL the plant material is donated by nurseries and growers throughout Western Washington. Members often contribute unwanted plant material or divisions from their favorite specimens.  It's a 'win-win' situation because growers and nurseries are able to offload plants they do not want to hang on to, and the public gets to support a worthy nonprofit while buying plants at wholesale prices! As you can imagine, there is something for everyone.  The selection is vast, from trees to water plants, and the treasures lie in the eye of the gardener.

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The energy generated by this event could light up downtown Seattle on winter solstice! Our famous Bizarre Yard Art Contest is where we generate many of the photos you see on PlantAmnesty's website. This event requires months of advance preparation and hundreds of volunteer hours. And it's really fun!

This committee meets once a month from May to October. Meetings are more frequent closer to the sale.  When we aren't obsessing about our plant sale we talk about our own gardens and arrange garden tours for the membership to visit during the summer and fall months.

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TREE PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

So many trees, so little time...  The members of this committee organize and execute educational seminars, fundraising events and a donated Arbor Day Tree Prune.  Being an arborist is not a pre-requisite for participating in this group; being passionate about trees is.

On the educational front we have had panel discussions with gardeners and designers to explain tree biology and discuss what makes a hazard tree.  There is discussion about why and how trees need to be protected and respected in the garden and on the construction site.  Too often an arborist is called to look at a tree after the house has been built or the landscape has been installed; usually the damage done could have been avoided. Heightened awareness is critical in our urban environment before the heavy equipment comes in, before the grade is changed, before the patio is installed.  Help us continue to get the word out.

Each Arbor Day, as part of PlantAmnesty's Arbor Day Tree Prune, arborists from PlantAmnesty's Referral Service volunteer their day to deadwood specimen trees in one of our city's parks, public gardens, arboretum and school yards.  Our parks are often overworked and understaffed and the trees rarely get the attention they deserve.  This is another classic 'win-win' situation in that a community service is performed and the arborists get the ability to work on gorgeous big trees like the beautiful European Beeches at Volunteer Park, or the Oaks at the Arboretum.  Their work is rarely noticed because they are so skilled; of course the trees themselves are the work of art.  Planning this event requires meeting several times during the winter to determine a site.  On the day of the event we need volunteers to haul limbs, and support the arborists as they work their magic.

Donated work days happen when an Arborist donates a day's worth of work to PlantAmnesty.  Sometimes the job is big enough that several crews are called in to get the job done.  Then it's like a crow party!  It is amazing to watch the skilled arborists swing from limb to limb, bringing out the natural beauty of each individual canopy.

If trees are important to you, or if you want to learn more about trees in our urban jungle, contact us about becoming a PlantAmnesty volunteer or member.

THE EDUCATION/ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

We will be soon starting a new Education/Advocacy Committee to fulfill the educational/consciousness raising mission of PlantAmnesty.  Areas of endeavor may include the Website, the Media Crusade, Speakers Bureau, Nasty Letter Writer, new educational materials (video, literature, translations, models, booth and display, posters), neighborhood workshops, billboards, PlantAmnesty entries into Seafair Parades, and well, you name it.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE

We need individuals who are good with numbers.  Maybe you are Type A and very picky about columns and order.  If so, this might just be the committee for you!  PlantAmnesty's finance committee meets on a quarterly basis with the Board Treasurer.  The Annual Report and the elements that go into it are the primary focus of this committee.  We look to the Finance Committee for input on fundraising ideas and guidance on business decisions.  Being a gardener is not a prerequisite for this committee - we have plenty of those already.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Coming soon!
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