Approximately 20,000 trees were planted on multiple sites by many groups coordinated through Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust in 1999. Plantings took place along the streams and rivers in the Lake Sammamish watershed and on land affecting the watershed. Lake Sammamish was degraded due to development and erosion caused by logging and other uses of the hills surrounding it. This caused the destruction of suitable spawning grounds for Pacific Chinook salmon and the survival of the lake has become a major regional concern. This project will decrease erosion, restore salmon runs, bring interested parties together for cooperation and further planning and improve the aesthetics of public lands. Volunteers were used as often as possible to increase the public awareness of the situation and to create a sense of ownership on public lands. 472 volunteers from many organizations assisted in the planting of the trees.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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