Volunteers joined City of Issaquah staff on April 20, 2013, to celebrate Arbor Day, Earth Day and the City’s 20th year as a Tree City USA.
Throughout the day, 24 volunteers planted 130 native conifer trees — Douglas fir and Western red cedar — along the Pickering Trail and Issaquah Creek. The youngest volunteer was 5 years old.
Earlier this month, the City and 81 other Washington municipalities received recognition from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for being chosen as a Tree City USA.
Only eight cities in Washington have been designated as a Tree City USA longer than the City of Issaquah.
To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must designate staff to care for trees, appoint a citizen tree board to advocate for community forestry, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care and celebrate Arbor Day. (The City Park Board handles tree-related issues.)
Learn how to properly plant and care for new trees from the International Society of Arboriculture.
On Earth Day and every day, the City is a leader in demonstrating the next generation of sustainability in the Pacific Northwest, and serves as a model for innovation, collaboration and effectiveness within our community.
Learn more about the City’s ongoing efforts from the Office of Sustainability.