Moving a step closer to one million trees at annual planting event 

Pictured: Rachel Smith, Executive’s Office Chief of Staff, and DNRP Director Christie True participate in the planting one million trees initiative.

King County is planting one million trees with partners by 2020 to capture carbon pollution and better prepare for climate impacts. Department of Natural Resources and Parks moved a step closer to this goal by hosting the third annual native tree and shrub planting event for employees. 

Planting one million trees in King County by 2020 in cooperation with public and private partners is one of the key strategies in King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP). Currently, King County and partners have planted more than 452,000 trees in King County since 2016. These trees also improve salmon habitat, filter water, and reduce flooding.  

The tree and shrub planting event took place November 27 at Finn Hill Park where Rachel Smith, Executive Constantine’s Chief of Staff, joined around 80 Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) employees in planting native species.  

“We’re seeing the devastating effects of climate change across the world and here at home with more severe storms, hotter, drier summers, rising seas, and destructive wildfires, and we need to act now to respond to these changes” Smith said. “Climate Change is one of the Executive’s top priorities and our One Million Trees campaign is one of the many actions that King County is taking to face the greatest environmental challenge of our generation.” 

The SCAP serves as King County’s road map to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. It outlines an ambitious agenda of actions that King County government and partners are taking to achieve an 80 percent reduction in countywide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal adopted by the King County Growth Management Planning Council.  

“The Strategic Climate Action Plan sets a path with clear, obtainable goals that enable employees and the public to better share in the County’s commitments,” said Smith. 

Find out more about the One Million Trees campaign here and the Strategic Climate Action Plan here.