This time of year, Greenway staff and volunteers are busy planting native trees and shrubs throughout the Greenway. Native trees are a vital part of our healthy forests and urban canopy. Trees improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases, and provide shade to creeks which protects threatened salmon. Trees also reduce erosion and filter pollutants, improving water quality and providing important wildlife habitat. Our urban and rural forests provide environmental, economic, and social benefits and help make the Greenway a special place where we all love to live, work, and play.
On Saturday, November 2, 2013, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is hosting a tree planting celebration at Discovery Park in Seattle. The event is sponsored in part by Carter Subaru, KIRO Radio, and REI, and is part of Green Seattle Day. Since 2008, in partnership with the Mountains to Sound Greenway, Carter Subaru has planted nearly 80,000 native trees and shrubs in the Greenway as part of their On the Road to Carbon Neutral program.
Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest park at 534 acres and was created in 1972 from the former Fort Lawton army base. In 2007, Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased some of the remaining military land within the park and removed roads, homes, and utilities in order to restore the site to its native condition. The tree planting celebration is part of a multi-year effort to restore the old military housing site by replanting it with native trees and shrubs.
Join us to get your hands dirty and enjoy food and vendors for the whole family! To volunteer at the tree planting celebration, please register online at: mtsgreenway.org/volunteer
Can’t make it to the event on November 2? Join one of our other upcoming tree planting events:
Saturday, November 9 – Tolt-MacDonald Park
Saturday, November 16 – Rasmussen Creek
Saturday, November 23 – Luther Burbank Park
Visit our website for more details: mtsgreenway.org/volunteer