On September 26th, 2014, former Synod Council member Mark Johnson (5th from left) and former congregational deacon Ms. Virginia Garrison of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington, planted a quince tree on behalf of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. They belonged to a delegation of members of various congregations under the leadership of Pastor Dr. Kevin Bates (right) of Magnolia Lutheran Church in Seattle, Washington.
On February 10th, 2017, Bishop Kirby Unti planted an Oregon white oak tree as partner tree for his synod on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, USA. Trees for three other synods in the Pacific Northwest region of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America were planted at the same time. Local native tree species were intentionally chosen for the partner trees, which can be found at the southwest end of the campus. Many members of the faculty, staff, and students attended the planting ceremony. Pictured (from left): Bishop Richard Jaech, Bishop Martin Wells, Bishop Kirby Unti, University President Thomas W. Krise, and Bishop Shelly Wickstrom.