City hosts community tree planting event for Arbor Day

April 10, 2012

By Staff

Residents can join the city Parks & Recreation Department to plant trees and celebrate Arbor Day.

The parks department is holding a community tree-planting event April 21 along Issaquah Creek and the Pickering Trail. Organizers collected more than 150 trees for participants to plant.

The area along the Pickering Trail — situated near the historic Pickering Barn and the bustling Pickering Place retail center — is a popular path along the citywide trails network.

If you go

Arbor Day tree planting event

  • 11 a.m. to noon April 21
  • Pickering Trail entrance, near 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
  • Participants should check in from 9-11 a.m. at a community information booth near the trail entrance.

The planting serves another purpose. The city is required to observe Arbor Day in order to continue as a Tree City USA. The honor from the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes cities dedicated to community forestry. Issaquah has been a Tree City for almost 20 consecutive years.

In 2011, city and community leaders gathered at Squak Valley Park North to plant a grove to honor Ruth Kees and other environmentalists.

The grove, like the top environmental honor in the city, is named for the late Kees. The bespectacled environmentalist fought for decades to protect Issaquah Creek, Tiger Mountain and the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer from development-related threats.

The grove is set amid hundreds of other saplings in city parkland along Issaquah Creek.

The grove honors both citizen activists and elected leaders. Plans call for the area to include a trail, decorative rock features and a small patio or courtyard featuring recipients’ names engraved on paver stones.

National Arbor Day is held the last Friday in April. Several states, including Washington, observe the holiday at a time best suited for tree planting.

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