King County is offering volunteer opportunities where people can lend a hand in reaching a 1 million tree planting goal by 2020 and in keeping the county healthy and green in the face of a changing climate. Fall is the perfect time to improve habitat, beautify landscaping, or restore damaged lands by planting native trees and shrubs.
StoryKing County, its regional partners and an army of resident volunteers are closing in on an ambitious goal to plant 1 Million Trees by 2020 and to help the region become more resilient to climate change. You, your family, friends and co-workers can help plant the final 100,000-plus to reach the goal, which is expected by spring 2020.
The fall planting season is underway, and King County has scheduled a number of volunteer opportunities when groups, families and individuals can take part in a fun activity to help plant native trees and shrubs, or look after vegetation that’s already been planted.
King County volunteer coordinators make it easy to organize a planting or conservation activity. Volunteers also learn how trees improve water and air quality, reduce stress, cool neighborhoods, and absorb carbon pollution that fuels climate change.
Fall is the perfect time to plant new trees and shrubs, because the region’s abundant seasonal rainfall eliminates the need to water newly planted vegetation, and trees have an opportunity to establish themselves by growing strong roots before summertime’s drier, warmer conditions have the ability to stress young plants.
Join King County Parks and community members as they plant native trees and shrubs at Lake Geneva Park in Federal Way on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Past volunteers have worked hard to remove aggressive weeds like English ivy, and now is the time to put new plants into the ground. This will help protect the park's forest as well as benefit the health of the lake.
Lake Geneva Park is at 46th Avenue South and 344th Street in Federal Way. All are welcome to participate, and no previous experience is required. Please RSVP to Sean Walters - firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who can’t make this event, but are interested in volunteering on another date, check out the King County Department Parks volunteer event calendar.
King County’s volunteer habitat restoration and tree-planting events has seen an increase in the number of participants since Executive Dow Constantine launched the 1 Million Trees initiative, which committed the County and its partners to plant 1 million trees across the county by 2020 to help combat climate change.
Groups from across King County have organized their own tree-planting events in addition to participating in scheduled plantings to contribute to the 1 Million Trees initiative.
The county’s volunteer coordinators provide organizations and schools with equipment, resources, and educational opportunities that meet their specific needs. Companies, nonprofits, and government agencies have used the tree-planting events as team-building exercises.
• King County Parks volunteer event calendar
• King County’s 1 Million Trees initiative
• King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Doug Williams, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-4543
The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks works in support of sustainable and livable communities and a clean and healthy natural environment. Our mission is to foster environmental stewardship and strengthen communities by providing regional parks, protecting the region's water, air, land and natural habitats, and reducing, safely disposing of and creating resources from wastewater and solid waste.