Waste Management, city staff and others volunteer at planting party at Westside Park
Volunteers joined City of Redmond staff and Redmond park forest stewards to plant 75 native trees and shrubs to establish a forest canopy including conifer trees. Westside Park has a salmon-bearing stream running through it and this project was part of an ongoing effort to improve the ecological health of the park.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust runs a stewardship program that brings thousands of volunteers outdoors for trail building and maintenance as well as ecological restoration in critical natural areas. In many projects such as the Westside Park project, Greenway volunteers plant native trees which are critical to the health of the Pacific Northwest. Trees improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases, shade creeks and streams, cooling water for threatened salmon, reduce erosion and filter pollutants to improve water quality and provide important wildlife habitat.