Green Redmond Partnership
As in cities all over the Puget Sound Region, Redmond’s forested parklands face challenges such as fragmentation of greenspaces, an invasive-dominated understory, a declining tree canopy and inadequate resources for natural-area management and restoration. As the health of the urban forest declines, so do the benefits they provide to us: reduced stormwater runoff, improved water and air quality, attractive communities and increased property values, greenhouse gas reduction, habitat for native wildlife and improved quality of life. Countless studies show the relationship between regular access to natural spaces and reduced stress, improved creativity, memory, and cognitive function. As our cities rapidly grow, our few natural refuges are all the more critical.
In 2007, the City of Redmond and Forterra formed a partnership to help make Redmond’s vision of a sustainable, healthy forest a reality. Read more in the Green Redmond 20-year Forest Management Plan.
The Green Redmond Partnership works to protect the legacy of our urban forests and vibrant communities for our children and great-grandchildren. Together, we ensure that we have a city with invasive-free, sustainable, forested parklands. Redmond’s urban forest is supported by a community in which individuals, neighborhoods, nonprofits, businesses and city government all work together to protect and maintain their valuable public resources. Alongside our sister programs in the Green Cities Network, the Green Redmond Partnership is a model for the future management of additional acres of valuable urban natural areas in our city and in other cities like this one.
Why this is important
Urban natural areas are public assets that beautify and strengthen our neighborhoods. They provide us with clean air and water, stormwater retention and reduced flooding, habitat for wildlife, carbon sequestration, noise buffers, and natural spaces where urban residents can connect with nature and take a break from the built environment. The Green Cities Program thinks long and broad about urban environmental health and works with current best practices in resource management to implement long-term plans on the ground. By engaging the entire community, we build local capacity for stewardship and work towards a long-term vision of urban environmental health.
Where We Work
The Green Redmond Partnership works in forested public parks and natural areas throughout the city.