King County Executive Dow Constantine at a recent event. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

King County Executive Dow Constantine at a recent event. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

King County achieves goal of planting a million new trees; city of Mercer Island’s efforts key to grand total

The goal was passed nearly a year ahead of schedule.

  • Friday, August 7, 2020 2:00pm
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King County Executive Dow Constantine recently announced that a multi-jurisdictional partnership created to plant one million trees throughout the region surpassed that goal nearly a year ahead of schedule, achieving a milestone in the County’s 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan.

In August, the executive plans to send the King County Council his proposal for the 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan, which will include a 3 Million Trees initiative that will maintain the accelerated pace for tree planting.

“We will build on this successful model to promote healthy, resilient forests for cleaner air and water, healthier habitat and more tree cover in underserved communities,” said Constantine in a news release.

King County and more than 100 partners — cities, Tribes, nonprofits, youth organizations, schools, and businesses — have so far planted 1,122,535 trees in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Trees from various city of Mercer Island planting events were included in this grand total.

Learn more about the City’s planting and restoration program achievements here.

Volunteer events are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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