April 17, 2012
Give a nod to planet Earth
Arbor Day is April 21, followed by Earth Day on April 22. Both are an equal opportunity to show appreciation for the third rock from the sun.
The city Parks & Recreation Department will plant 150 trees along Issaquah Creek on Saturday in honor of Arbor Day. Just last week, the city earned Tree City USA status for the 19th year.
Earth Day gets a jumpstart in Issaquah on Thursday when Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon fry are released into Laughing Jacobs Creek. Public tours are available this weekend to see what happens to unrecycled garbage at the Cedar Hills Landfill in south Issaquah. Also south of the city limits, volunteers will mulch and weed the Log Cabin Natural Area along Issaquah Creek. Volunteers will do back-country trail work on Cougar Mountain.
Earth Day doesn’t wait for special attention in Issaquah, a city that boasts a long history of conservation and citizens willing to preserve the watershed and the Issaquah Alps.
The city is a leader in the effort to reduce the amount of waste citizens send to landfills. City Council members banned Styrofoam to-go containers in 2009 and could ban plastic bags in the months ahead. Both steps represent real leadership to address problems on a global scale.
The city’s sustainability workshops and operation of its demonstration garden at Pickering Barn are more indicators of the city’s nod to planet Earth.
Land conservation is another priority. Park Pointe is only the latest milestone in a long effort to set aside forests and wetlands for future generations.
Despite the successes, more can be done, starting at home. Citizens must realize how important their role is in conserving the environment. Recycling is a vital step, but so is riding mass transit, joining tree-planting events, picking up neighborhood litter and reducing water use. And then, share your knowledge and commitment.
“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of 10 years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” – Confucius