The 2022-2023 Gary L. Chamberlain Fellowship recipient is Peter Durland who attends Seattle University’s School of Law ('23). Peter will examine the current tree retention laws in the city of Seattle and advocate for a change in policy that balances the need for affordable housing with the benefits that tree coverage provides to the city. With housing costs on the rise, many provisions meant for private homeowners such as townhome and detached accessory dwelling unit legislation are being utilized by companies to increase the allowable building footprint and accordingly, profits. This increase in footprint has had a detrimental impact on the canopy coverage in the city, leading to the loss of many benefits provided by Seattle’s urban forest. Additionally, these changes have largely not positively impacted the housing affordability crisis the city currently finds itself in. Peter will analyze these issues in search of a solution that can help to mitigate these complex issues.