The Green Issaquah Partnership is a collaborative effort between the City of Issaquah, Forterra, community groups, nonprofits, schools, businesses and hundreds of volunteers to restore and maintain our forested parks and open spaces.
Healthy forested parks and greenspaces have the power to strengthen neighborhoods, provide safe access to nature, offer numerous valuable environmental benefits, and play a critical role in supporting salmon and a healthy Puget Sound. 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.
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
The Green Issaquah Partnership will build upon existing city-wide community stewardship efforts and foster long-term support for restoration and maintenance of Issaquah’s parks and natural areas.
City of Issaquah owns approximately 1,700 acres of forested open space. The program start-up process will include:
- Assessment of forest health conditions of the identified 1,700 acres of parks and natural areas
- Developing a 20-year plan to share the forest health assessment results and guide restoration and community engagement efforts
- Implementation of on the ground projects with a volunteer programs to organize local neighbors and community groups to plant trees, remove invasive plant species and meet restoration goals.
Building a Partnership
Through this new program, Green Issaquah will partner with local communities to recruit, train and support volunteer stewards to lead forest restoration projects in priority parks. Ultimately, the city aims to build a network of healthy urban forests and a strong culture of community stewardship, leadership, and partnership to support a healthy urban forest for everyone.
- Lend your voice by taking this brief survey which will help inform a 20-Year plan for restoring Issaquah’s forested parks
- “Open House” at Front Street Properties (near Front St. and SE Bush St.). Stop by and visit our Green Issaquah Partnership outreach table for more information about the partnership. We will be taking community feedback and questions. (NOV 23, 2019, 10am-2pm).
- Learn about your forest -forest health assessment results will be posted to the website
- More forest restoration projects, volunteer Forest Steward training, and volunteer events (Early 2020)