Since the first Earth Day in 1970, people around the world have sought to celebrate our planet through a variety of individual and community activities. Earth Day is about more than observing the beauty and vitality of nature; it is also about renewing our commitment to respecting and renewing this planet we call home.
DNR emphasizes Earth Day, April 22nd, throughout the month of April every year to promote awareness of environmental issues. We participate in a variety of events and celebrations around the state. Many community organizations celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up a local beach, establishing a new green belt, or pulling invasive plants such as ivy or scotch broom. Projects like these can help revive native ecosystems and public parks.
Every day is Earth Day at DNR. Along with planting trees and protecting forestlands, we care for ecosystems, including the habitat for salmon and other fish in forest streams. We clean up creosoted logs from state beaches. We help cities and counties understand the geology that surrounds them. We conduct research to learn more about Washington’s ecosystems and how we affect them. We help cities and towns with grants to plant trees in parks and along their streets. We help preserve a legacy of lands, plants, wildlife, and special places for the future.
The people of Washington can be proud that we are sustainably managing their state forests, aquatic lands, agricultural lands, and natural areas for today and future generations. The choices we each make and the actions we take every day will continue to make a positive difference.