REALTORS® to mark 13th year of environmental stewardship

Real estate professionals know environmental issues can affect properties and communities. In addition to supporting the National Association of REALTORS®’ commitment to the principles of sustainability and energy conservation, Realtors in King County devote one day every year to a “boots-on-the-ground” environmental project.

This year’s 13th annual undertaking of The REALTORS® Environment Council (TREC) is scheduled for Friday, October 4 at the Log Cabin Natural Area in Issaquah. While at the 118-acre forested habitat within the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, volunteers from Seattle King County REALTORS® (SKCR) will plant native shrubs and trees. Neighbors are invited to join the day of service.

The work party is scheduled “rain or shine” from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. No experience is necessary. Tools and gloves are provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water and rain gear if inclement weather is forecast, and to wear long pants made and sturdy material and sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

All volunteers must pre-register online or by calling 425.974-1011. Participants will need to sign a standard volunteer liability waiver form and photo/video release. Carpooling is encouraged.

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 habitats. “We share the Greenway Trust’s commitment to enhance people’s connections to nature. As Realtors, we know public parks and natural environments are desirable neighborhood assets that offer many recreational, environmental, cultural, social, and health benefits.”

In past years – and regardless of weather conditions – volunteers ranging in age from 8 to 89 have cleared non-native invasive vegetation, planted native trees and shrubs, and spread mulch at parks and open spaces around King County. Last year’s project was at the Lakemont Community Park in Bellevue.

“Real estate professionals don’t just sell homes,” said Lynn Sanborn, the association’s vice president of governmental affairs and managing broker at Windermere Real Estate Yarrow Bay in Kirkland. “Realtors often lead efforts to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability by advocating for policies that will protect, preserve and enhance our quality of life. We’re advocates for community open spaces and recreational amenities in neighborhoods where our members and their clients live and work.”

Affiliate members, including lenders, inspectors and providers of other ancillary services are volunteering at the October 4 event and will also host a lunch break for the volunteers. “I and other members of The Affiliate Council look forward to teaming up with Realtors at this annual service project. We recognize the importance of giving back and taking care of our ecological lands as well as our natural and built environments,” said Keith Pitsch loan consultant at loanDepot and the Council’s representative on SKCR’s Board of Directors.

About Log Cabin Reach Natural Area (14801-14943 Cedar Grove Road SE, Issaquah)
The 118-acre site on Issaquah Creek is distinguished by its high quality stream habitat plus wetlands, open fields and forests. It is a King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) Ecological Land consisting of five contiguous parcels on the west side of Cedar Grove Road SE plus an additional parcel on the east side of the road. There is a log cabin on the property that was built around 1930. Ongoing restoration work involves replacing blackberries and other invasive weeds with native species and restoring forest, floodplain, and riparian habitats.
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, local and national REALTOR® associations offer a Green Designation, a professional credential that signifies proficiency on issues of energy and resource efficiency, along with sustainability in various facets of real estate. Since inception, TREC volunteers have devoted a day of service at parks and open spaces in Auburn, Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, Shoreline, and Tukwila.
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 has more than 7,000 members and 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.