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New law makes Seattle plant trees to battle heat

Rep. Dye writes bill to mandate tree planting


April 15, 2021

OLYMPIA — A new law will increase the strategic planting of trees in urban areas of the state thanks to Rep. Mary Dye, R-9th District.

She authored the House bill that was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 7.

“Larger coastline cities retain heat from rooftops, pavement, and other heat-absorbing materials, creating what is known as ‘urban heat islands,’” said Dye. “Seattle is ranked 10th in the nation for its urban heat island effect.”

The excess heat in Seattle is detrimental to endangered species in Puget Sound.

“These human-made canyons absorb heat, which not only drives...

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