A major transformation has taken place along Issaquah Creek. Piece by piece, these open spaces are becoming healthier, stronger, and more resilient, even as the urban areas surrounding them continue to boom.
The Washington State Legislature has just passed a capital budget to fund new project work around the state, including major investments in habitat conservation and outdoor recreation, as well as schools, mental health facilities, and affordable housing.
After four years of construction, the Middle Fork Road is now open! The reconstruction of this once notorious pothole-filled access road now provides safe and family-friendly access to this ‘wilderness in our backyard’ for the first time.
Known for our tree planting work, the Greenway Trust is now undertaking another type of restoration: improving the habitat in the river itself.
Two new properties were conserved—at the base of Mt. Defiance and along the Emerald Necklace. As our region grows, this combination of urban and mountain open spaces gives us room to breathe, relax, and stay healthy.
Recent efforts have helped connect public open spaces and trails—including near Lake Sammamish and Mitchell Hill—as well as protect an impressive stand of old growth trees behind Mt. Si.
City of Issaquah’s newest park blends family-friendly open space with salmon recovery efforts. Building upon several decades of conservation work, Salmon Run Nature Park is the latest addition to a long string of connected public open space along Issaquah Creek.
Twenty years of experience have taught us a lot about invasives: they are stubborn, spread easily, and it takes a community to eradicate them. This year we’re tackling some of the remaining outposts of weeds along Issaquah Creek.
A rare, land-locked salmon, called kokanee, is coming back from the brink of extinction in the Lake Samammish basin. There’s much to celebrate, and so much more work to be done to guarantee long-term survival.