This Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust coordinated the planting of 200,000 trees in 2000. This project is an important step in the extensive efforts that have taken place over the past ten years to acquire and link the urban and rural lands along I-90 from Seattle up and over the Cascade Mountains. Many of the areas planted with trees have been heavily logged in the past. The purpose of creating a continuous greenbelt along the highway is to protect the continuity and structure of the land, preserve sensitive salmon and wildlife habitat, restore watershed forests to improve watershed quality, improve air quality, build a sense of public ownership and stewardship that is essential to protecting the land and diversify the tree cover. Over 3,000 volunteers participated in planting trees in 125 planting events at 40 different sites. Additional support for this project came from King County Park System, King County DNR, National Tree Trust, King County World Conservation Corps and Cascadia Quest.
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