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Background

1 Million Trees

1 Million Trees (2015 – 2020)

We did it! In King County’s 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan, we set an ambitious goal to plant 1 million trees in King County by 2020. We met that goal with tremendous contributions from dozens of tree-planting partners (cities, non-profits, tribes, volunteers, and many others). In total, we planted more than 1.28 million trees, with King County agencies and our partners each planting roughly half of the total amount.

3 Million Trees

Bigger and better: 3 Million Trees (2021 – 2025)

When King County updated our Strategic Climate Action Plan in 2020, we wanted to be more ambitious and more strategic. Our 3 Million Trees initiative builds directly from the momentum we gained through 1 Million Trees, recognizing that climate resilience requires a multi-pronged approach:

  • Planting trees continues to be an important aspect of our work. We know that many parts of the county can still benefit from additional trees and more canopy cover.
  • We need to protect quality forests that currently provide many benefits, including habitat for fish and other wildlife. King County’s forests are some of the best in the world at sequestering carbon.
  • King County’s forestry program will continue to prepare, steward, and restore our forests so they remain healthy and resilient for future generations.
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