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1 Million Trees: King County gets growing with tree-planting event at Marymoor Park

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Through the 1 Million Trees initiative, King County and its partners are encouraging residents to sign up for a series of upcoming tree-planting events and contribute to efforts to confront carbon pollution and improve communities. The initiative aims to plant a million trees in the county by the end of 2020.

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King County is a little closer to its 1 Million Treesmillion_trees_marymoor_2017 planting goal, thanks to the tree-planting efforts of about 50 volunteers at Marymoor Park near Redmond today.

The County and its partners used the event to kick off the fall tree-planting season and encourage residents to sign up for a series of upcoming tree-planting events hosted by King County Parks and other organizations.

The 1 Million Trees partnership is a multi-year effort to confront carbon pollution while improving the health of natural habitats and neighborhoods across the county. The initiative aims to mobilize the public to participate in tree planting and increase public awareness about the value of trees and how to care for them so they have the best chance of survival.

“We are mobilizing volunteers to help us plant 1 million trees throughout King County – an ambitious goal that will improve the health of our people, neighborhoods, and habitats,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We will succeed by partnering with our region’s strong network of grassroots organizations that share our commitment to confronting climate change.”

Planting 1 million trees by the close of 2020 is a target action in the Executive’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.

Residents are also encouraged to count the trees they are planting toward the 1 Million Trees goal. People can visit kingcounty.gov/milliontrees to enter the tree they planted on an interactive map and see where others have been planted throughout the county. They are then entered to win drawings for gift cards, concert tickets and other prizes.

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., King County Parks events are set for individuals and groups to plant trees that the County provides with the guidance of Parks’ volunteer coordinators. King County provides shovels, gloves and instruction, all volunteers have to do is wear warm clothes that can get dirty. Bringing along raingear is always a good idea, and closed-toed sturdy shoes are best.

Learn more about upcoming volunteer tree planting and care opportunities, discover how to plant and nurture a tree and become involved in the 1 Million Trees initiative at kingcounty.gov/milliontrees.