Squad was thrilled to participate hands-on with King County Executive Dow Constantine in planting the inaugural tree for the One Million Tree Initiative which is part of the County's response to climate change. We are proud of having already planted hundreds of trees in our five-year history and we are committed to helping the County plant the remainder in the next five years in support of their Climate Change Action Plan. We all know trees are an important part of our landscape from mental health benefits and property values, to carbon sequestration and habitat.
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We enjoyed hearing from many local stewardship leaders as well as planting alongside local school kids at White Center Heights Park. After the speeches, we removed noxious blackberry and bindweed from the native plantings in the riparian zone. It didn't take much time before the kids were hauling in lengthy brambles dug from their tenacious root balls, the pile built up fast. After a stroll across the bridge and viewing of ducks and the harmful invasive American bullfrog (do nature a favor and eat or dissect it!) we visited our winter planting site which was thriving.