King County has planted a million trees almost a year ahead of schedule

Jul 31 2020, 12:11 am

King County’s 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan anticipated that 1,000,000 trees would be planted in the county by the end of 2020.

It was announced Thursday, that the one-millionth tree had been planted in February – 11 months ahead of schedule.

“In King County, we don’t just set ambitious goals to confront climate change – we create strong partnerships and mobilize volunteers to surpass them ahead of schedule,” said Executive Constantine in a press release. “We will build on this successful model to promote healthy, resilient forests for cleaner air and water, healthier habitat, and more tree cover in underserved communities.”

King County along with over 100 partners have so far planted 1,122,535 trees in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

In August, Executive Constantine will send the King County Council his proposal for the 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan which will include “a 3 Million Trees initiative that will maintain the accelerated pace for tree planting, protect forests and natural areas before they are lost forever, and prepare native forests for the impacts of climate change.”

According to Executive Constantine, the initiative has “produced immediate and lasting benefits, including cleaner air and water, reduced flood risks, cooler salmon-bearing streams, more tree canopy in neighborhoods, and healthier forests and public greenspaces.”

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