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Unlawful Tree-Cutting Settlement

Seattle, WA—The City has settled a civil suit against a Mt. Baker neighborhood homeowner and a landscaping company for $125,000 for alleged tree cutting and for damaged vegetation in Mt. Claire Park to improve homeowner views.

The unpermitted tree cutting occurred in Mt. Claire Park in an environmentally critical area on a steep slope near the defendant’s home. The City’s lawsuit claimed the homeowner and landscaping company were responsible for damaging multiple trees of varying sizes and damaging recent restoration efforts in the Park. The City recently received a total of $125,000 from the homeowner, Brad Gandt and All Four Seasons Landscape and Maintenance LLC, to resolve the matter and to restore the site and other natural areas in the City.

“As stewards of Seattle’s parkland and natural spaces, we must ensure public resources are not destroyed, particularly trees which are essential parts of our City infrastructure and must be protected to ensure the beauty, health, and vibrancy of Seattle,” said Superintendent AP Diaz. “Our hope is for this settlement to serve as a reminder that no person or company is authorized to cut trees on public land without permission. Our natural areas crews work diligently to maintain the health of our urban forests and will focus their energy on restoring the damage done in Mt. Claire Park.”


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