Realtors plant 1,000 trees at Hylebos

Realtors from Pierce and King counties stepped out of their offices and into the mud and rain when they planted vegetation in the North Fork open space of the West Hylebos Wetlands.

Approximately 50 real estate agents from the Seattle-King County Realtors Association who are involved with The Realtors Environmental Council traveled to Federal Way to plant nearly 1,000 trees and shrubs in the wetlands area Oct. 17.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back (to the environment),” said Christine Field of Coldwell Banker Bain in Seattle.

The event was the first of its kind performed by the council, which was created to give Realtors in Seattle and King County an opportunity to become educated and stay active in preserving the environment, said Sam Pace, Seattle-King County Association of Realtors Housing Specialist.

The council is a group that not only vocalizes its support of environmental protection, but backs up its words with actions, Pace said.

“It’s time to talk the talk and walk the walk,” he said.

The two-day event began Tuesday, Oct. 16, when brokers and agents took a class instructed by John Spangenberg of Urban Connections, a real estate, urban planning and government relations firm in Kirkland. Spangenberg taught the Realtors about the benefits of owning a “green” or environmentally-friendly home.

He educated them on ways to save money and the environment so that they could pass on point-of-sale information to their buyers and answer any questions those buyers may have about the kind of home they are purchasing.

“If everyone does a little, it’s going to go a long way,” Spangenberg said.

The Realtors Environmental Council chose to plant trees and shrubs in the West Hylebos Wetlands because they were impressed with the work performed by the Friends of the Hylebos to conserve and protect approximately 745 acres of the wetlands, Pace said.

“We chose them because they are a tremendous representative for on-the-ground enhancement projects,” he said.

TREC will likely return to the wetlands area again, Pace said.

Contact Jacinda Howard: or (253) 925-5565.

To learn more about the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors, visit

To learn more about the Friends of the Hylebos, visit

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