Green City Partnerships in SeaTac, Burien & Des Moines

Healthy forested parks and greenspaces have the power to strengthen neighborhoods, provide safe access to nature, and offer numerous valuable benefits to the environment. Without a coordinated effort to restore and care for our forests, we are at risk of losing many benefits these forests and natural areas provide.

ACE Green City Partnerships

In 2018, with funding from the Port of Seattle Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund, Forterra is establishing new Green City Partnerships in SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines to restore and care for our local urban forests. This process will include:

  • Assessments of current tree canopy cover city-wide and forest health conditions in parks and natural areas
  • Community outreach and engagement to guide project prioritization and implementation
  • Developing a 20-year plan for restoring forests and increasing the number tree canopy across the three cities
  • Implementation of on the ground projects and volunteer programs to organize local neighbors and community groups to plant trees, remove invasive plant species and meet restoration goals.
Photo by: Jim Avery

Take Action!

Tell us what you think about parks and forests—take the survey.

Fill out the Community Survey by November 7th.


Attend an Open House: If you live in SeaTac, Burien, or Des Moines, you’re invited to come to one of our Open Houses! We want to hear your ideas about how to create healthy forested areas in your city. Details on the Open House events are below.

SeaTac Open House
Saturday, October 20th | 1:00 – 3:00pm
Tyee High School Cafeteria (Building 200) | 4424 S 188th, SeaTac, WA 98188

Des Moines Open House
Monday, October 29th | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Des Moines Beach Park, Building B | 22030 Cliff Ave. S, Des Moines, WA 98198

Burien Open House
Wednesday, November 7 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Burien Library, 1st Floor Community Meeting Room | 400 SW 152nd, Burien, WA 98166

Attend an Open House


Coming soon:

  • View assessment results of the city-wide tree canopy cover and forest health conditions in parks (Nov/Dec 2018)
  • Urban forest related project, training, and volunteer events (2019)

Contact us to receive updates and more information about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. 

Get involved

Healthy Forest Benefits:

  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce stormwater runoff and erosion
  • Buffer noise
  • improve property values
  • Create habitat for wildlife
  • Improve mental and physical health
  • Convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and reduce global warming


About Green City Partnership

Green City Partnerships bring together community members, local governments, businesses, schools and nonprofits to improve quality of life and connections to nature by planting and caring for trees in forested parks, natural areas, neighborhoods, and other spaces throughout the city. To date, Forterra has launched nine Green Cities Partnerships, including Seattle, Tacoma, Kirkland, Redmond, Kent, Everett, Puyallup, Tukwila and Snoqualmie. The Green City Partnerships combined have logged over 1 million volunteer hours since 2005!