Have you hugged a tree today?

Reba Haas

I've been a real estate agent in the Puget Sound region since 2003 and came to the industry with a background in sales in the tech sector. I'd been interested in real estate for a long time and my mom also happens to be a 25+year veteran agent in Kansas. I didn't grow up around the industry but I have definitely taken the bull by the horns, so to speak, in my own area with some pretty positive results. I've got a great team of people working with me. There is tremendous power in a team and it helps to have different perspectives at times when it comes to running a business. All in all, we make a great team! We hope you'll get a chance some day to utilize our varied and excellent skill sets in a future real estate transaction. But, even if we never get to meet you, we hope you'll enjoy and appreciate the information we have to offer here.

1 Response

  1. Steve Zemke says:

    There are a few other points to consider in your discussion. Seattle Public Schools are public property, not private property. My property tax dollars and yours go to fund a public education system in our city. To suggest that Ingrahma’s trees are on property “owned by others” forgets that the school is public property owned by the taxpayers.

    Calling the action being proposed as involving “A small gove of trees” also understates the imapct. Ingrahnam’s proposal is to cut down 92 trees on the campus. On the west side of the school, it proposes to cut down 68 trees, over half of a Douglas fir, western red cedar and Pacific madrone forest to build a new addition to the school. The trees in the grove are over 75 years old, 25 years older than the school. Many of the trees are over 100 feet tall.

    Neighbors and others around the city question the necessity to cut down these 68 trees when other locations exist on the campus to build the addition to replace the old portables on the campus. Ingraham High Schhol in fact identified one such location when it prepared a Master Plan for the School. It identified the open lawn area on the North side of the school as the location for a fuiture addition if needed. No large trees would need to be cut down to build on this site.

    Why can this site not be built on now and save the 68 trees from being cut down? The school also could have proposed building a second addition on the exsiting buildings. Many other Seattle public school have second stories. Or the site where the portables are now could have been chosen as the building site.

    Opposition to unnecessarily cutting down the trees at Ingraham when alternatives exist includes 8 of 9 Seattle City Council memebrs who wrote to the Seattle School Board and urged them to look at an alternative to cutting down the trees. King County Executive Ron Sims, Senator Ken Jacobsen, Rep Phyllis Kenney, Rep. elect Scott White, Senator Ed Murray, Rep Mary Lou Dickerson as well as over a thousand other people in Seattle have signed a petition opposing cutting down the trees. This is not just a few neighbors.

    Our city has gone from a 40% canopy cover in 1973 to 18% in the latest analysis according to the city of Seattle. We believe that at Ingraham we can have both trees and education. It is not an either or issue. The School District chose to select a site to build on without reaching out to the public or neighbors for input. The public paying the taxes to build the addition never had a chance to comment on the proposal until after the site was selected and the building was designed. Then we were told we could not discuss alternatives.

    Removing 100 foot tall Douglas fir trees and replacing them with saplings, not only destroys the habitat in the tree grove, it also is not any kind of equivalency. Half of the new trees being added will be added anyway because they are the street trees required by the street improvements needed for the project whereever it is built. The other trees being planted will be saplings also like the street trees.

    The school should look at building within the existing environment rather than clearcutting trees when alternatives exist. Most schools would love to have an urban forest on their campus. Ingraham High School at 28 acres is the largest public high school campus in the city. Trees provide benefits to not just our schools but our neighborhoods and our city. Let’s not cut them down when we don’t need to.