City of Spokane To Give Away 1,000 More Free Trees

Second tree giveaway is part of Forest Spokane Initiative

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 1 p.m.

The City of Spokane and its partners are giving away 1,000 more trees this fall as part of the Residential Tree Program, an effort to reduce stormwater runoff by planting more trees in the area.

During the first tree giveaway last spring, most of the initial 1,000 trees were given away within 24 hours! This October, Spokane residents can register in advance to reserve the tree species of their choice. Any trees remaining after Oct. 7, when registration closes, will be available to the general public on a first come, first serve bases.  The rules of the program for qualified participants still apply.

The trees will be available through two local nurseries, Home Fires Nursery and the Spokane County Conservation District. Citizens can pick up one (1) free tree at Home Fires Nursery (2919 S. Geiger Blvd.) from Oct. 17-24 or from the Spokane County Conservation District (210 N. Havana St.) on Oct. 24 only.

Registration to reserve a free tree will close Wednesday, Oct. 7 and a voucher will be mailed out to the address provided on Friday, Oct. 9. Citizens must bring their voucher to a participating nursery to pick up their tree.

The Residential Tree Program is part of the Forest Spokane Initiative, an effort to plant 10,000 new trees in Spokane by 2016 as a way to mitigate stormwater from entering into our stormwater system and the Spokane River. Recipients of the free tree giveaway are encouraged to plant their new trees in the best locations to help mitigate stormwater, when possible. To help absorb stormwater, the tree’s leaves and branches at maturity should hang over a sidewalk, street, driveway or walkway. Trees provided through the Residential Tree Program are to be planted on private property only.