Green Burien Partnership

Updated August 26, 2021

Healthy forested parks and green spaces have the power to strengthen neighborhoods, provide safe access to nature, and offer numerous valuable benefits to the environment. Without a coordinated effort to restore and care for our forests, we are at risk of losing many benefits these forests and natural areas.

Green Burien Partnership

In 2018, with funding from the Port of Seattle Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund, Forterra began establishing new Green City Partnerships in SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines to restore and care for our local urban forests. This process included:

  • Assessments of current tree canopy cover citywide and forest health conditions in parks and natural areas.
  • Community outreach and engagement to guide project prioritization and implementation.
  • Development of a 20-year plan for restoring forests and increasing the amount of tree canopy across the three cities.
  • Implementation of projects and volunteer programs that organize local neighbors and community groups to plant trees, remove invasive plant species, and meet restoration goals.

What’s in a partnership?

The Green Burien Partnership relies on a network of individuals, organizations, staff, and volunteers. All partners are essential for the success of the project.

Our Green Burien Partnership includes:

City of Burien supported the development of its own Green Cities Urban Forest Stewardship Plan tailored to our mission, vision, messaging, and capacity. City staff are involved in everything from planning to implementation and planting of trees and will continue to support the work of these long-term plans.

Port of Seattle has recognized a need for additional support for three of its neighboring cities impacted by airport operations. They provided seed funding for the Green Cities Partnerships in Burien, SeaTac, and Des Moines through the Airport Community Ecology Fund.

Forterra is a regional nonprofit with a mission to act with immediacy to protect, enhance, and steward Washington’s most precious resources—its communities and its landscapes. Forterra’s Green City Partnerships are dedicated to creating healthy, livable cities by stewarding our region’s urban trees, forested parks, and natural areas. Forterra has launched Green City Partnerships in 13 cities and Snohomish County across the Puget Sound region. Forterra guides planning and coordinates stewardship activities in SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines.

Other key partners have played an essential role in defining the goals of the partnership, volunteering in their community, offering their expertise, and increasing canopy cover by planting trees in their yard or patios:

  • Global to Local community liaisons
  • Highline Public Schools
  • Elected officials
  • Nonprofit and community groups
  • Businesses
  • Recipients of ACE Small Matching Grants
  • Religious groups
  • Youth groups and clubs
  • Landowners
  • Individuals like YOU

Program Contact


Gabbi Gonzales

Recreation Coordinator

 parksinfo@burienwa.gov

Get Involved


Sign up for a volunteer event, discover more about Burien's trees, and learn more about how to get involved.

  Sign up for a volunteer event.

  Take a tree walk through downtown Burien.

  Read the Urban Forest Stewardship Plan.

  Read more about Burien's trees in the Burien Magazine.