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Monday, February 6, 2012

Mountains to Sound/Carter Subaru Partnership Helps Southwoods

Southwoods Park next to Shorecrest HS has been adopted by the Mountains to Sound and local dealership, Carter Subaru. 
Southwoods Park located next to Shorecrest
HS provides respite for Briacrest
Carters' "Carbon Neutral Project" is providing stewardship opportunities in Shoreline.

Southwoods Park was created in a grassroots effort by South Woods Preservation Group, and succeeded when the City of Shoreline purchased the nearly 16 acre parcel in 2007. This was after a multi-year effort by the organization and the successful 2006 Shoreline Parks and Recreation Bond passage. The property had previously been owned jointly by Shoreline School District and Shoreline Water District. 

The park is one of the largest coniferous open spaces in Shoreline or Seattle. The property had been previously owned by the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) and before that had housed officers for the Navy hospital at what is now Fircrest School.

Now Mountains to Sound Greenway organization has held two work parties to plant native conifers in the park. Mountains to Sound is hosting a number of work parties this winter all throughout its territory, which stretches across the Cascades and 1.5 million acres and 800,000 acres of public lands. 
Mountains to Sound and is celebrating its 20th year and its mission is:
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature.
Another goal of Mountains to Sound is to ask Congress to designate the "Greenway" as a National Heritage Area. 

This past weekend, about 30 volunteers helped plant about 168 Western Red Cedar and Grand Fir trees. The trees and the program are supported in part by locally based Carter Subaru in its "carbon neutral project" campaign. 

Western Red Cedar trees ready for planting
Carter Subaru has a dealership on Aurora Ave N and has contributed funds to support the planting of thousands of trees. The program offers automotive shoppers a way to help the environment
Planting a Forest….. One Test Drive at a Time. 

Our commitment to doing something that off sets the 150+ cars that we sell monthly is our Carbon Neutral Project.
For each car test-driven at Carter Subaru, one tree will be planted in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, funded by Carter Motors. For each car purchased, three additional trees will be planted.  So, if you test drive a car and buy it there will be four trees planted in the Greenway!
Kellogg Middle School student and her dad
planting a young Grand Fir tree at Southwoods

Since 2005, the SWPG has advocated for the Southwoods property, and worked to remove acres of invasive plants such as English Ivy, English Holly, Himilayan Blackberry, and others. The park provides trails and respite for the southeast section of Shoreline, including the Briacrest neighborhood.  It also provides fresh air, water conservation and habitat for wildlife. 

Forest canopy is a valuable resource for Shoreline

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