In the spirit of the City’s 26th Arbor Day as a
Tree City USA and to celebrate the City’s long term commitment to caring for
our urban forests, the City of Issaquah is excited to announce the Green Issaquah Partnership.
Uniting with 13 other Green City Partnerships in the Puget Sound region and with the
sustainability group Forterra, the Green Issaquah Partnership will build upon existing
efforts to establish a city-wide community stewardship program to support
long-term restoration and maintenance of Issaquah’s parks and natural areas.
The Partnership will work to:
As the Green Issaquah Partnership is being developed over the next
year, stay tuned as the City will have opportunities for community engagement in 2019 to help build support in the development of this program with the goal of full launch in 2020.
ABOUT GREEN CITY PARTNERHSIPS
With a focus on regional sustainability, Forterra has been
securing and caring for keystone places around Washington for thirty
years. Forterra’s Green City
Partnerships bring together community members, local governments,
businesses, schools and nonprofits to improve quality of life and connections
to nature by restoring, planting and caring for trees in forested parks,
natural areas, and neighborhoods throughout the city.
WHY URBAN TREES MATTER
Despite their importance, urban trees are disappearing. An
April 18 paper authored by two U.S. Forest Service scientists found that
metropolitan areas in the U.S. are losing about 36 million trees a year.
Washington State, the loss between 2009 and 2014 is estimated
at 3,350 acres. Development is playing a part, but so too temperature
increases and drought because of climate change.
Healthy urban trees across
the U.S. store an estimated 708 million tons of carbon, or roughly 13 percent
of the country’s annual CO2 emissions.