tree trunk along a street with a "protect this tree" notice taped to itEric Scigliano (@SeattleFlotsam) looks into Seattle’s controversial new tree protection ordinance for InvestigateWest. Scigliano breaks down the rates of tree canopy loss in different areas of Seattle over recent years, analyzes the potential effects of the ordinance, and cautions against equating newly planted saplings with mature trees. He casts a critical eye on the prominent role local developers seem to have played in shaping the ordinance over the objections of the city’s own forestry experts and many advocates. Photo: brewbooks via Wikimedia Commons