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Join King County in building healthy forests

Join us in building healthy forests

We're doing our part in King County's effort to plant 1 Million Treesby 2020 to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for impact of climate change, one of the actions outlined the 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan.

Join in and help us reach this goal while also restoring habitat for fish and wildlife and enhancing recreation opportunities for all of us.

To join an event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event. For any questions about our Volunteer Program or to inquire about a custom volunteer event for your group, contact Volunteer Program Manager Lina Rose or via phone at 206-491-5014.

Calendar of events

Events are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. *unless otherwise noted.

To join an event, please register with the volunteer coordinator listed after each event.

  • Renton Park, Fairwood neighborhood
    January 26
    Renton Park (Fairwood area of Renton)

    Discover this beautiful neighborhood gem of a forest.  Tucked behind schools and homes, this green belt serves a pretty role in providing wildlife and bird habitat, cooling the area, filtering air and water all to benefit the people and animals that call Renton home.  We will be planting and stewarding past planting sites to make this park an even healthier forest.

    Contact Lina Rose.

  • Dandy Lake
    January 26, February 9
    Dandy Lake (Enumclaw)

    Help King County enhance this beautiful site within the Bass Lake Complex Natural Area. This Natural Area has one of the biggest wetland complexes in King County making it a very high priority for restoration. The project will involve planting in forest gaps in an effort minimize suitable habitat for invasive species.

    Contact Brian Lund.

  • Tanner Landing, North Bend
    February 2
    Tanner Landing (North Bend)

    Tanner Landing Park is located along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River that provides acts as a gateway to river recreation. It is a popular access point for boaters and floaters but it is also a great swimming spot for those hot summer days. Tannner Landing was once an enormous pasture that was overrun with Scotch broom and blackberry, but thanks to volunteers we are starting to gain the upper hand. Come help King County Parks as we plant native trees and shrubs in an effort to reestablish the native plant communities that once thrived here.

    Contact Brian Lund.

  • Log Cabin Reach Natural Area, Issaquah Creek
    February 23
    Log Cabin Reach Natural Area

    Join King County at this beautiful 118-acre site along Issaquah Creek, 3-Miles south of the City of Issaquah. We will be planting and mulching native trees and shrubs to enhance habitat for fish and wildlife. Come join our tree planting efforts at this great location! This is a family friendly event.

    Contact Brian Lund.

  • Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation
    March 2 and March 16
    Tolt-MacDonald Park (Carnation)

    Join in King County Parks as we work with our partners to plant 1 million trees. We are turning a former pasture along the Snoqualmie River back into healthy flood plain forest and we need your help installing lots of trees! While you're here you can also take a stroll across the historic 550-foot long suspension bridge over the Snoqualmie River.

    Contact Brian Lund.

  • Squak Lodge near Issaquah
    March 9 and March 23
    Squak Lodge (Issaquah)

    Come help King County Parks as we work to restore a former campground situated on the side of Squak Mountain. This former 100-site campground was purchased by King County in 2016 and now we need your help restoring former camp sites that have been cut into otherwise pristine upland forest.

    Contact Lina Rose.

Backcountry trail work parties with WTA

Backcountry trail maintenance tools

Here's a chance to learn about how backcountry trails are constructed. Join King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association this winter and spring to rebuild and repair backcountry trails. Tasks include retreading a trail, building a turnpike, and solving drainage problems.

Note: These events require hiking to more remote work sites. Events are limited to 20 people, with typically 6-12 volunteers.

Events are Tuesday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

January 29 – February 2 Grand Ridge (Issaquah)

February 5 – February 9 Cougar - Squak Corridor (Issaquah)

February 12 – February 16 Cougar - Squak Corridor (Issaquah)

February 19 – February 23 Spring Lake (Renton, Maple Valley)

February 26 – March 2 Cougar - Squak Corridor (Issaquah)

 

To register, sign up on Washington Trail Association's website or call 206-965-8561.

Other volunteer opportunities

For more information about volunteering in King County, please contact Lina Rose, Volunteer Coordinator, King County Parks and Recreation Division.