ReLeaf Washington wraps up planting season

Published 8:48 am Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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ReLeaf Washington finished up its planting season this past week with the installation of ten nuttall oaks along the Market Street extension corridor by the airport.

“Working with the city to plant trees that will in short time provide shade to those walking and biking the extended sidewalk between 15th street and the Susie Grey McConnell Sports Complex has been a great partnership” said Heather Moore Thienpont, president of the organization.

ReLeaf Washington has planted a total of 51 trees this season for a total of 96 trees planted since its inception in the spring of 2018.

“The 10-year goal of the organization is to plant 1,000 trees in and around Washington. This past year was tough with the added complexity of coordinating meetings and plantings during a pandemic, but it also helped us to identify procedures that were working well and ones that needed tweaking,” Thienpont said. “We are all excited about the next year and the plans we have in place!”

The motto of ReLeaf Washington is “Plant, Promote, Protect” and they are now shifting from “Plant” to “Promote” by celebrating Earth Day at the Harbor District Market this Saturday, April 24. There will be information on how to join and volunteer as well as a small tree gift for the first 300 people to continue ReLeaf’s work in their own back yard.

“Trees do so much good work, from cleaning the air we breathe to providing cooling shade and homes for all sorts of animals, celebrating Earth Day by encouraging the planting of trees is a perfect fit for our organization,” Thienpont said.

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