Big Trees, Inc. Saves Seattle Viaduct Maples In Replacement Project

Company Helps Save Large Trees From Certain Fate At Site Scheduled For Demolition And A New Tunnel.

SEATTLE, WA: Big Trees, Inc. ( has assisted in the relocation and saving of several large maple trees from the Seattle Viaduct project site, which site was slated for destruction, making way for a new tunnel. The large trees were relocated to a nearby construction site built by The Port of Seattle.

Big Trees, Inc. was requested to help with the replacement project in an attempt to save the trees, a group of large, columnar, fall colored maples measuring at 30-35’ tall. The trees were carefully dug, prepped with burlap and drum-laced with rope. Then the trees were rigged, lifted and loaded on a flatbed truck and trailer to be transported and off-loaded in the various planting areas staked out at their new home.  The project went so well with the first twelve trees, the Port requested additional trees be moved.  Once all trees were out of harms way near the Viaduct demolition, they were replanted in 3-4 large planting areas at a new road construction project the Port of Seattle had just completed off East Marginal Way South, near the West Seattle Bridge.

Ross Latham, owner of Big Trees Inc., stated “We were very pleased that the project came off with such success. Now with the relocation the new Port of Seattle project will have immediate large trees, adding an instant mature look for the new roadside planting areas. And we’re always happy to see some trees saved instead of done away with. All in all it went well. Many thanks to Shane Dewald of SDOT, Gary Wallinder from Port of Seattle and Ryan Thorne of MOWAT for all the help required to get this done on such quick notice!”

Ross Latham is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (, located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including up to large trees. Their blog can be seen at