Slow news week: ‘Actively falling’ Volunteer Park tree #399-176094 removed


Rest in pieces, er peace, Volunteer Park tree #399-176094. You will be missed.


Monday, a Seattle Parks crew responded “after hours” to remove the 40-foot, “actively failing” fir tree that was reported leaning over the road inside Volunteer Park.

The 24-inch-trunked white fir started to fall because its roots failed, the tree folks say. The crew observed two likely contributing factors while at the scene. Tree #399-176094 had an unbalanced canopy, and limited space for its root system. Let that be a lesson for us all.

Meanwhile, work continues in the park on the $54M overhaul of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

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4 thoughts on “Slow news week: ‘Actively falling’ Volunteer Park tree #399-176094 removed

  1. What the hell? There is no way that tree was suddenly falling without the ground excavation causing it.
    Is CHS following what’s going on with the museum dig already breaking city tree preservation code, via the Seattle city arborist (who doesn’t seem to have any authority to insist that the damage be minimized)? If you’re interested in tree preservation, this is important stuff. Timeline, pics in this:

    • Do you know where this tree is located in relation to the work being performed? You may wish to check before jumping to conclusions.

    • Looks like this tree is actually not anywhere even remotely close to the museum construction site. From the photo it would appear to be near the roundabout at the south entrance to the park.

  2. Tree number 300 — a Giant Sequoia — had its roots severed by electric trenching behind the museum. It’s reportedly the largest tree in the park. 30-foot circumference.