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The Port of Seattle is removing and replanting trees around Sea-Tac Airport to improve safety during takeoffs and landings. The trees identified for removal have grown or will soon grow into the airport’s airspace and pose a hazard to flight operations.

Area near Sea-Tac where there has been tree removal and replanting.

Area near Sea-Tac where there has been tree removal and replanting.

Area near Sea-Tac where there has been tree removal and replanting.

Half of the work, centered around removing and replanting trees on Port property, establishing a low-growing native forest and replacing invasive vegetation, is nearly complete. The second half of the work, centered on non-Port property, begins in 2020.

The 174 trees identified for removal in 2020 represent a significant decrease from the number previously identified for removal. The work to lessen the impact of this program is based on public feedback and a comprehensive re-analysis of the airport’s airspace in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Port will continue to meet or exceed all federal, state and local regulations protecting the environment. As the State Environmental Policy Act lead agency, the Port will also conduct an environmental review. The Port encourages the public to review environmental documentation and comment on the project during the official public comment period that begins on December 2 and concludes on December 16. The Port expects to conduct similar obstruction removal and replanting work in future years.

Go to our SEPA Public Comment tab to learn more about the SEPA process and, beginning on December 2, to provide public comment.

Photo of a young community member participating in a Port of Seattle-sponsored tree planting event.

Photo of a community group participating in a Port of Seattle-sponsored tree planting event.

South King County Fund

South King County Fund (SKCF): Established by the Port Commission in 2018, the South King County Fund designates $10M for near-airport communities to address airport noise, environmental health and sustainability. A multicultural engagement consultant has been hired to set up an advisory group and liaisons to advise the formation of the fund and help guide project selection. Staff are targeting the first round of funding in early summer of 2020. Learn more about the fund on the Port’s website.

Airport Community Ecology Fund

Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund: Authorized by the Port Commission in 2017, the fund supports environmental projects and programs in the cities of SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines.  The fund totals $1M and is divided into the Small Matching Grants Program ($550K) providing grants of up to $10K to community groups for environmental projects and a $450K contract with Forterra to establish Green City Partnerships in each of the three cities. Learn more about the fund by visiting the Port’s website.

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