Department of Enterprise Services

Governor Inslee orders Cal Anderson tree memorial restored

BY: - August 23, 2023

Gov. Jay Inslee wants the memorial to trailblazing lawmaker Cal Anderson restored on the Capitol Campus this week. The governor on Wednesday ordered the Department of Enterprise Services to “immediately replant a tree along Cherry Lane and ensure the continued care of the memorial site,” Jaime Smith, Inslee’s executive director of communications, wrote in an […]

Washington agency under fire for chopping down a memorial tree next to the Capitol

BY: - August 22, 2023

All that’s left of a Kwanzan cherry tree planted near the state Capitol in honor of the late Cal Anderson, Washington’s first openly gay lawmaker, is a stump. The plaque honoring the trailblazing social activist from Seattle is stored away. And legislative leaders are very angry that no one from the Department of Enterprise Services […]

A meadow of Lupine and Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers is seen at the foot of a Ponderosa Pine forest.

An ode to eastern Washington’s trees on the state Capitol campus

BY: - May 9, 2023

There are many things that differentiate eastern Washington from the western part of the state: political leanings, geography, weather. But a new law promises to bring a dash of life from east of the Cascades here to Olympia.  Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law last week that outlines plans for a “cultural landscape feature” on […]