Sequestering Carbon and Enhancing Our Local Landscapes
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the local businesses, individuals, and field partners who support this program. With your help we were able to plant over 4,000 trees this year to offset carbon emissions!
Before the Puget Sound region was developed, it was covered by lush, old-growth evergreen forests. Douglas firs and Western redcedars towered hundreds of feet tall. The air was crisp, clean, and cool, and the forests provided shelter for an abundance of wildlife. Indigenous Salish people relied on the bounty of the forest for their rich livelihoods. The forest was an organism in itself, constantly breathing to cycle tons and tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each day.
Today, the region is a bustling metropolis that is home to nearly 4 million people and growing. The region still boasts an impressive amount of urban green space and managed forest compared to many other metropolitan areas in the country, which is one of the main draws for many newcomers.
As our climate warms, and our region becomes more densely populated, it is up to us to make sure that this region continues to be a livable and enjoyable place for all residents. Evergreen Carbon Capture (ECC) helps businesses and individuals do their part to address climate change. By contributing to local tree planting projects, participants balance their carbon impacts through carbon sequestration of the trees.
This year, almost 50 businesses and individuals offset their carbon footprints with ECC by planting 4,038 conifer trees, which will absorb 20,190 tons of CO2e over the next 100 years. Though only a drop in the bucket compared to what our native forests were once capable of, every tree planted and cared for provides a myriad of benefits like wildlife habitat, and improved water and air quality, which bring our landscapes one step closer to the ecological function of their pasts.
ECC offers the unique opportunity for partners to join our tree planting efforts at volunteer work parties. This year our field partners from Adopt-a-Stream Foundation, Dirt Corps, Forterra, Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail, Green Kirkland Partnership, Green Redmond Partnership, Green River Coalition, Green Seattle Partnership, and Stewardship Partners led 11 events for 367 volunteers to plant trees throughout the Puget Sound region, from Auburn to Marysville.
The Evergreen Carbon Capture team is extremely grateful to all participants for making an investment in our local forests to help our region continue to thrive. A special thank you to Green Diamond Resource Company for generously supporting the program and providing a portion of trees. Thank you again to everyone who made this planting season a success!