Employees of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks recently volunteered to plant trees and other plants at a restoration site in Marymoor Park. We planted 500 native plants, including 170 trees in a wetland area near the Sammamish River.
Planting one million trees by 2020 is a goal set in King County’s 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan, a road map for how King County will reduce carbon pollution, increase transit, protect open spaces, and prepare communities for the impacts of a changing climate.
Healthy forests and trees store carbon and contribute to clean air and water, healthy habitat for salmon and other wildlife, and more livable communities. While planting, we were visited by a black tailed deer and a garden snake.
Yearly, volunteers provide more than 53,000 hours of service in our parks and on our trails. From building and repairing backcountry trails to removing invasive blackberries to promoting recycling and composting at summer concerts, our volunteers play an important role in stewarding King County Parks 26,000 acres of open space. Signup for volunteer opportunities.