Sign the Consensus

to protect our park & trees HERE

Thank You Consensus Signers!

As of December 3rd, 2,187 community members have signed the Community Forest Consensus. They include the public officials, organizations, and businesses listed below. See all public signers and read their comments HERE

Elected Officials

Washington State Senate

  • Senator Karen Keiser

City of SeaTac

  • Mayor Jake Simpson

  • Deputy Mayor Senayet Negusse

  • Councilmember Mohamed Egal

  • Councilmember Iris Guzman

  • Councilmember Peter Kwon

City of Normandy Park

  • Councilmember Earnest Thompson

City of Tukwila

  • Councilmember Kate Kruller

Organizations and Businesses

What Are We Defending?

Thousands of people once lived on North SeaTac Park’s 200+ acres. By the 1990s, the Port of Seattle had used eminent domain to remove them, along with their homes, schools and businesses, for airport expansion. Area residents were told that this land would be a park to compensate them for severe cumulative airport impacts.

But over 30 acres of forested land inside North SeaTac Park are at risk from Port development.* And the Port additionally proposes in its Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) and Real Estate Strategic Plan, (RESP) to commercially develop an estimated 75+ acres of mostly tree-covered land near the park.

Public Health Seattle-King County has recommended increasing green space and tree canopy in this community to protect residents from airport pollution that is shortening lives. The Port’s proposed tree and green space destruction would be devastating for the area’s ecology and community livability, would harm public health, and would bean act of environmental injustice violating its own commitments to avoid sprawl and protect forested land.

Our community’s trees and park land are much too valuable to replace with cargo warehouses, parking lots, and receiving and distribution centers.

In an 8/9/22 Letter to the Editor, Port of Seattle Government Relations Manager Dave Kaplan stated that the Port is not considering development within North SeaTac Park.

However, North SeaTac Park is not secure from Port development. The entire park is zoned “aviation commercial”, 55 acres can be removed from park use at any time by the Port, and there is ample documentation of longstanding Port plans, or, in the terminology of the Port, “site specific considerations”, to develop that 55-acre parcel for “aviation supportive use.” Read more and view documentation HERE.

Vision

We envision North SeaTac Park and its surrounding forest restored and protected for the health, well-being and delight of the people and that people in all neighborhoods throughout our region can live within vibrant urban forests where tree-lined corridors connect with parks, forestland, and cool, green spaces to play, relax, and gather. This Consensus, with your support, can bring that vision closer to reality.

A Park for the People

The Port of Seattle “states the Park is the culmination of a long term and very open planning process to compensate the area’s residents for cumulative airport impacts. According to the Aviation Division, the Park is the best compatible use of a severely airport-impacted area".

Federal Aviation Administration Compliance Reviews of Airport Noise Land Use & Financial Operations 2016 p. 11.

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See more photos of park users here

Land Acknowledgment

SeaTac International Airport and the surrounding community for many miles around it are on the ancestral lands and waters of the Salish people of the Duwamish, Green, White, Cedar, and Upper Puyallup rivers, including those who are now members of the Duwamish Tribe and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. These tribes and their members have been stewarding these lands and waters since time immemorial. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the members, past and present, of these tribes.

info@KCTreeEquity.org

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