Northwest NEWS

November 16, 1998


Sammamish Re-Leaf a success

   On Saturday, Oct. 24 the Eastside community mobilized with a strength and commitment that was thrilling to see. One thousand thirty volunteers planted 13,000 trees and shrubs along a half-mile stretch of the Sammamish River. King Country has never participated in a bigger partnership for the environment.
   We are proud that King County was able to bring together this powerful partnership of cities, businesses, non-profit organizations and service groups for the sake of the salmon and the health of our Sammamish River.
   The cities of Redmond, Woodinville and Bothell and the Sammamish Watershed Forum were instrumental in making the planting a reality. The city leaders are to be commended for making the Sammamish ReLeaf their top priority. The Sammamish River is a little healthier today because of their vision. We are very grateful for American Forests and Eddie Bauer, who provided major sponsorships for the event. We also extend appreciation to ARCO for its support.
   Most of all, we thank the numerous citizens who turned out to participate in the Sammamish Re-Leaf effort.
   We saw a lot of love and caring on the banks of the Sammamish as ordinary people worked to bring back salmon and to make the river a beautiful and healthy place for all of us to enjoy.
   King County is working at all levels of government to respond to the upcoming federal listing of Chinook salmon for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Still, it will take personal commitment and stewardship like we saw Nov. 7 to truly save our region's salmon.
   On behalf of King County, we extend our thanks to each and every citizen, elected leader, businessperson and civic group representative who helped plant the banks of the Sammamish. It was a phenomenal success because of each of them.
   Ron Sims, King County Executive, Pam Bissonnette, Director, King County Department of Natural Resources