The Edmonds city trees, on our streets and in our beautiful parks, are not receiving adequate care! We have very little dedicated staff to attend to them, which leaves them less structurally sound and more open to potential disease due to lack of care and pruning.
Debra Dill, our city beautification program leader, has recently been assigned to use 10% of her time for city arborist duties. This is totally inadequate for a city of our size with vast public areas. Her arborist duties include monitoring all our public trees, including assessing problems, pruning and consulting with townspeople, developers and city departments regarding particular issues.
Clearly, we need a full-time arborist. Please recommend to our city council members and mayor, that our 2020 budget fund the hiring of a full -time arborist.
Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board