King County set an ambitious five-year goal in our 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan to plant, protect, and prepare a combined 3 million trees by the end of 2025. This effort contributes to climate change mitigation, forest health, improved salmon habitat, and more tree canopy in urban areas.
We've surpassed 1 million trees so far!
As of January 2023, we have planted, protected, and prepared an equivalent of more than 1 million trees. This includes:
- Planting more than 200,000 trees
- Protecting the equivalent of 615,000 trees (more than 2,000 acres of forests and natural areas)
- Preparing and restoring the equivalent of 200,00 trees (more than 650 acres of forested areas)
Welcome to 3 Million Trees!
A more comprehensive approach to promote healthy, resilient forests – and communities!
We are building on the momentum of our successful 1 Million Trees partnership with a more comprehensive approach that promotes healthy and ecologically productive forests.
Efforts to achieve 3 Million Trees will help us deliver many important benefits, including:
- Increased carbon storage to help slow climate change;
- Better human health benefits;
- Higher quality salmon habitat;
- Improved water quality;
- Equitable access to forests and green space, especially in historically underinvested areas.
An integrated approach to confront climate change and promote clean water and healthy habitat
King County is implementing several integrated plans and initiatives that address forest protection and forest health. Click the links below to learn more:
- Strategic Climate Action Plan: A five-year blueprint for County action to confront climate change, integrating climate change into all areas of County operations and its work in the community. This ambitious plan contains many goals and initiatives to protect and improve forest health.
- 30-Year Forest Plan: A shared vision for all of King County that will help guide our work on forest cover and forest health in both rural and urban areas of the county.
- Land Conservation Initiative: A regional collaboration between King County, cities, businesses, farmers, environmental partners and others to preserve our last, most important natural lands and urban green spaces in 30 years.
- Clean Water Healthy Habitat: A strategic approach to ensuring that the County is investing in the right places to improve water quality and expand habitats, improving the lives of people, fish, and wildlife in our region.
If you would like to volunteer with the 3 Million Trees initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org.