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Ecology

The environment of the Greenway offers a distinct and unique blend of different ecological areas, from urban- and marine-, to rural- and high-elevation environments, home to numerous plant and animal species, and offer a variety of benefits and uses. In addition to providing aesthetic, economic, recreational, and ecological benefits, these areas enhance and improve the quality of life of Greenway residents.

Young volunteers remove invasive weeds at Lake Sammamish State Park.The Greenway offers a blend of ecological areas from urban and marine ecosystems, to rural areas and high-elevation mountain peaks. Diversity of these natural areas is key to the high quality of life of local residents.

Greenway Trust Ecological Restoration

An ambitious environmental restoration program brings volunteers and conservation corps crews to teach participants about the importance of healthy ecosystems and to remove invasive plants such as English ivy, holly and Himalayan blackberry, plant native trees and shrubs and improve natural areas for wildlife and salmon habitat.

watch our restoration slideshow imageMajor projects are underway at Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah Creek,  Mercer Island parks, Riverfront Park in North Bend, Three Forks Natural Area and along the banks of the Raging and Snoqualmie Rivers.

Native trees, grown at the Greenway tree nursery and planted in public parks and forests, improve air quality, provide shade for salmon in creeks, reduce erosion, filter pollutants and provide important wildlife habitat.

A Greenway restoration project includes several years of care for newly-planted trees to ensure their best chance of survival.

Visit the Volunteer Program to learn about opportunities to lend a hand in restoration with the Greenway Trust.

Did you know that the Greenway Trust partners with Carter Subaru to plant trees? Check out this video to learn more.

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