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October 2016

REALTORS® to Devote Day of Service

Event postponed until further notice

UPDATE October 13, 2016 - This event has been postponed until further notice.

BELLEVUE, Wash. (October 7, 2016) - Several dozen REALTOR® volunteers will spend Friday, Oct. 14 at Soos Creek Botanical Gardens at a work party. The day of service is the 10th annual project for The REALTORS Environmental Council (TREC), an environmental stewardship initiative of Seattle King County REALTORS® (SKCR).

Area residents are invited to join Realtor volunteers who will be working under the direction of Master Gardeners and docents to clear invasive Lamium plants and to plant native species on the 22-acre site.

David Crowell, SKCR's director of governmental and public affairs, said the goal in forming TREC was to bring together REALTORS and the community to help preserve healthy, natural habits to enhance our neighborhoods. "Like the founders and caretakers of Soos Creek Botanical Garden we believe public gardens offer many environmental, cultural and social benefits that enhance communities and our quality of life."

In past years - and regardless of weather conditions - volunteers ranging in age from 8 to 87 have cleared non-native blackberries and other invasive vegetation, planted native trees and shrubs, and spread mulch at parks and open spaces around King County.
The Oct. 14 work party is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. No experience is necessary and all instruction and supplies will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, and if they prefer, their own garden tools.

The TREC project is sponsored by the association's Affiliate Council, which will host lunch for all workers.

All volunteers must pre-register at nwrealtor.com or by calling 425.974-1011. Participants will need to sign a standard volunteer waiver form. Carpooling is encouraged. 

About The Realtors Environmental Council (TREC)

SKCR established The Realtors Environmental Council as a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate to promote environmental stewardship among REALTORS, its affiliate members and homeowners, and to support projects and policies to preserve a healthy natural habitat. In addition to "on-the-ground" projects to promote green practices, REALTORS® can earn a Green Designation, a professional credential that signifies proficiency on issues of energy efficiency and sustainability in various facets of real estate. 

Since inception, TREC volunteers have devoted a day of service at parks and open spaces in Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Renton, Shoreline, Seattle, and Tukwila.

"Realtors are well positioned to raise homeowner awareness of ways to protect, maintain, and preserve open spaces and parks," Crowell remarked, adding, "Real estate professionals don't just sell homes, they often lead efforts that promote environmental stewardship and sustainability by advocating for policies that will protect and enhance our quality of life and the communities where our members and their clients live and work."

About Soos Creek Botanical Garden

Soos Creek Botanical Garden, formerly a farm and dairy, is also where Maurice Skagen and his partner, Jim Daly reside. The 22-acre site reflects Skagen's devotion to horticulture and his connection to the 200 acres that his Norwegian ancestors purchased between 1891 and 1905. Over the past 40-plus years, Skagen and Daly have transformed the farm into a colorful "stroll garden" with a palette of native plants, trees, shrubs, vines, ferns and perennials displayed in 11 themed gardens. The garden opened to the public in 2011 and is part of the Garden Conservancy Northwest Network. 

Also at the garden is a Heritage Center, which is devoted to the early settlers of the Soos Creak Plateau. The Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is supported by donations and volunteers who share its mission of promoting the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants, the natural world, and the community's local history.

About SKCR

Seattle King County REALTORS® creates a thriving and ethical business environment for members through education, advocacy and tools that support member success. The nonprofit professional trade association promotes a strict code of ethics and policies that protect and promote the right to own, transfer and use real property.

Based in Bellevue, SKCR is a local association of the National Association of Realtors. Membership is voluntary, and only members may use the term REALTOR®, which is a licensed collective trademark.