Save the Scarlet Twins!
Keep our trees in place! We believe that it is possible to still build the transit center and continue to preserve the local ecology of the area. “The Scarlet Twins” located on the corner of 67th Street and 12th Avenue are of value to the local community. We can find a way to keep them, care for them properly, and allow them to live in the neighborhood for years to come for the benefit of the neighborhood and the city. Here are three reasons to preserve the Scarlet Twins: • Historical Value: According to the Urban Forestry Services tree evaluation and appraisal, both trees are over 30 inches in diameter, putting them in the category of “Exceptional Trees” as defined in Seatlle DPD Director’s Rule 16-2008. Moreover, local neighbor Paige Tuttle Hunt commented on the Facebook page for Roosevelt Seattle “she had met the gentleman who planted those two oaks. His childhood home used to sit on that corner. Thanks for posting information on how to try to save these oaks.” • Ecological Value: “The value of tree maintenance, for example, can't be minimized, he says, because a 30-inch-diameter tree removes 70 times more pollution per year than a 3-inch tree does.” • Spiritual Value: These trees to have living presence, and as such, they are worth saving. They are valuable in enhancing a person walking by, someone meditating, or even used in ceremonies of local Druids, Shinto, Native Americans, and others. To destroy these trees would be a loss not only to the neighborhood, but also to the sacred ecology of the Pacific Northwest region.