Trees For Salmon
a living Christmas tree from Swansons this holiday season and help
restore salmon habitat in Seattle.
How can buying a living Christmas tree help? Swansons has partnered with local organizations to help reforest neighborhood parks. Conifer trees and other native vegetation benefit salmon streams by reducing surface water runoff, lowering water temperature, and providing food and habitat for other beneficial critters.
Here are 4 ways you can
Purchase an evergreen tree labeled This is a Living Christmas Tree" and plant it in your yard after the holidays. In return, Swansons will donate a native plant to be planted at a restoration site by volunteers.
Purchase an evergeen tree at Swansons labeled You Can Donate This Tree." Enjoy your living tree for Christmas, then return your tree to Swansons after the holidays
and it will be added to the restoration effort.
Pick up a Living Christmas Tree Care handout at Swansons to ensure your tree remains healthy enough to plant.
Purchase a $5.00 Sammy" medallion at the cashier and Swansons
will contribute one native plant to the restoration effort. Hang the Sammy" medallion on your Christmas tree or gift it to someone special.
4. VOLUNTEER on January 19, 2013!
Join Swansons staff and neighborhood volunteers and help plant your contributions. Begin the new year by lending a hand and help install donated plants at a nearby park. See details below.
Our Trees for Salmon campaign has been a great success.
Starting in 1999, Swansons first teamed up with the Carkeek
Park Environmental Education Center during the Christmas season to support
their ongoing efforts to bring healthy salmon habitat back to Pipers Creek,
our neighborhood watershed. In
2010, Swansons Nursery teamed up with The
Green Seattle Partnership to help reach the goal of restoring 2500
acres of forested parkland by 2025. In 2011, we expanded
our participation to also help
County Parks with their restoration efforts. In 2012, we expanded the program again by partnering with the SW Queen Anne Greenbelt.
Since 1999, Swansons has annually donated countless
trees and shrubs to local area parks. In 2011, we donated as many as 275 plants.
You can help too! Donate a plant and/or consider signing up for a planting party in January and make a difference in the neighborhood.
TREES FOR SALMON PLANTING PARTIES
Currently there are three opportunities to help Swansons and Green Seattle Partnership volunteers plant a healthy forest for salmon:
January 12: SW Queen Anne Greenbelt
January 19: Carkeek Park
January 26: North Beach
More info and registration for these events with the Green Seattle Partnership: http://greenseattle.org/events/2013/trees-for-salmon-
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