The Green Cities family is very excited to announce its fifth and newest member, the Green Kent Partnership, officially passed by City Council on Tuesday, September 1st.
A grant from the King Conservation District will allow the City of Kent to partner with Cascade Land Conservancy to include all city-owned forests and wetlands in a 20-year forest restoration plan. A field assessment of the properties is set to begin this fall. Once all lands have been surveyed and mapped in a Partnership process known as “tree-iage,” City staff will recruit and train volunteer stewards in the removal of invasive vegetation and planting of native trees and shrubs. The mapping process helps identify high priority areas.
“Kent has a strong foundation to work with,” commented Jeff Watling, Director of Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services. “The stewardship that we have fostered through our volunteer programs over the years will serve as a great starting point for this work.”
Welcome, Kent, to the Green Cities Network!
For more information, please contact:
Victoria L. Andrews, Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services
Norah Kates, Cascade Land Conservancy