Darren Morgan & Elizabeth Sheldon

SDOT Trees and Sidewalks Operations Plan

Wednesday May 4th, 8:15 am, Urban Forestry/Risk Breakout (Main Street USA)

Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT) would like to share their experience building a transparent decision-making framework around street tree and sidewalk conflicts.  The plan includes best practice review, decision workflow, descriptions of 36 operational tools, and 3 real world neighborhood concept plans.  SDOT reviews what works well, and what could be improved in this policy document.  SDOT shares how a consultant and considerable public involvement helped shape the document and how it is being used today to support citywide goals for tree canopy and pedestrian mobility.

Darren MorganDarren Morgan

Mr. Morgan has been a practicing Certified Arborist since 1995 when he graduated from Paul Smiths College.  Darren worked for several private tree care firms the first half of his career as a climber, supervisor and consultant before he began the municipal phase of his career.  Since 2005, Darren has supervised municipal forestry crews and now manages SDOT’s Urban Forestry program.

Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth Sheldon

Ms. Sheldon, a licensed engineer in CA and WA and a graduate of U.C Berkeley, has been managing tree and sidewalk issues since 2002.  She has managed SDOT’s paving program and now oversees all private and public paving and restoration efforts in SDOT’s rights of way as SDOT’s Street Use Operations Manager.