King County Land Conservation Initiative: 65,000 acres to sustain us

Half a million King County residents don’t have easy access to a park, trail or to green space. Think about that for a minute. View the Land Conservation Initiative Story Map In a county world-renowned for its amazing outdoor possibilities – its Cascade Mountains, mighty forestlands, lush farmlands providing local food, salmon-bearing streams and rivers, … More King County Land Conservation Initiative: 65,000 acres to sustain us

Share your photos for Earth Day and be entered to win I Love the 90’s Tour concert tickets

This Earth Day, we want to see your vision of green – through your photographs. We’re looking for photographers to capture what makes King County so special – its natural beauty. Share your photo to be entered to win a pair (2 tickets) to the I love the 90’s Tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Sir … More Share your photos for Earth Day and be entered to win I Love the 90’s Tour concert tickets

A love letter to King County’s natural environment, parks and open space

We got this idea for doing a collection of love notes to our region’s natural resources from the local publication, The Evergrey. They wrote a love letter to Seattle. Reading that letter as inspiration, we put a call out for submissions for love notes about what residents appreciate most about our region’s natural environment, parks … More A love letter to King County’s natural environment, parks and open space

Seeking submissions: Love notes to King County’s natural resources

What connects us? The beauty of our region. And what better time to celebrate our region’s beautiful natural resources than on Valentine’s Day. King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks wants to learn what you love and appreciate about our region’s natural resources. We want to see your love notes to and about your … More Seeking submissions: Love notes to King County’s natural resources

Let’s get growing: One million trees by 2020

As someone who has lived her whole life in the Evergreen State, I have always had a strong affinity for the trees that define our landscape and so much of our lives. As a kid I remember being amazed that you could determine the age of a tree by counting its rings. As a college student learning about our Native American history and the first settlers, I was struck by photographs of enormous Douglas firs that grew right up to the edge of the water, like giants protecting the shoreline. … More Let’s get growing: One million trees by 2020

Eco-tastic New Year’s resolutions for 2018

A lot of us are thinking about turning a new leaf and finalizing our New Year’s resolutions. Let’s be honest, real behavior change is hard. Many behavioral scientists recommend writing down goals and steps you can take to help you meet those goals. Full disclosure: we didn’t invent these resolutions. We took some of this … More Eco-tastic New Year’s resolutions for 2018

The year in review: Responding to climate change by taking strategic actions in 2017

King County bolstered its reputation as a national leader in the effort to confront climate change in 2017, delivering on Executive Dow Constantine’s commitment to protect the region’s natural environment while creating more resilient communities. … More The year in review: Responding to climate change by taking strategic actions in 2017

Keeping residents safe from flooding

With increased rainfall in King County during the fall and winter months, the risk of flooding in some parts of the county increases. “Flooding is a big problem in King County,” said Ken Zweig, Program Manager for River and Floodplain Management at Water and Land Resources Division. “Since 1990 we’ve had 12 presidentially declared disasters … More Keeping residents safe from flooding

Video: Students kick off the holidays with a tree planting

Students from Seattle Public Schools‘ Salmon Bay School did an amazing job planting trees Dec. 6 at Big Finn Hill Park, part of King County Parks – Your Big Backyard. Hear why these students think trees are important — and learn more about why we’re planting 1 Million Trees by 2020, plus how you can get involved. … More Video: Students kick off the holidays with a tree planting