Healthy Forest Day invites the public to restore parks on November 5

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Washington, October 23, 2022 – The Snohomish County Healthy Forest Project and Forterra host Healthy Forest Day on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help restore city parks, including McCollum Park. Volunteers are needed to plant trees, remove invasive weeds and help out with our green spaces. The event is open to people of all ages and features fun activities such as planting native trees and shrubs and removing introduced weeds.

Green City Days 2022 is a series of events in 13 towns across Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. They will be held from October 8 to November 19. This year, during Green City Days, Green City Partnerships will organize events in more than 40 different parks. The goal is to engage 1,400 volunteers and plant more than 10,000 new healthy forest plants.

“The value of this volunteer work is immeasurable,” said Tom Teigen, director of the Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Communities are working together to restore our local urban forests that purify the air, dampen noise and retain water to reduce the impacts of flooding. The forests also provide important habitat for wildlife and make outdoor recreation more accessible, which is an essential part of life in Snohomish County.

“Fall is the optimal time of year to get out and plant a forest. In the Pacific Northwest, our native plants and trees have the best chance of survival when planted in the fall and winter,” said Joanna Nelson de Flores, Senior Managing Director of Green Cities at Forterra. “Green City Days are a fun way to dig in, support your community, and learn about local parks and green spaces.”

Green City Partnerships and its Green City Days bring together local nonprofits, community members, and city partners dedicated to forest parks, natural areas, and communities in the region. It’s a real community effort. This fall marks 17 years of exceptional service.

For more information on Healthy Forest Day and to register for the festivities, visit, or For more information, contact Ash Lehto at [email protected]

Volunteer Information
No experience necessary – tools, gloves and training are provided. Activities include planting young trees and plants, removing weeds (blackberries and ivy), spreading mulch and more. If you can’t make it to a Green City Day event this year, there are other ways you can help! Find more upcoming events on CEDAR. You can also make a donation or become a sponsor. Learn more here.

Source of content: Snohomish County Government