1,000 trees given away as part of Forest Spokane Initiative
Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740
Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:31 a.m.
People who have reserved free trees through the City’s Residential Tree Program giveaway can start picking up their trees starting Saturday, Oct. 17. The City of Spokane and its partners are giving away 1,000 more trees this fall in an effort to reduce stormwater runoff by planting more trees in the area.
Trees will be available for pickup Oct. 17-24 at Home Fires Nursery (2919 S. Geiger Blvd.). Citizens can pick up their free tree at the Spokane County Conservation District (210 N. Havana St.) on Saturday, Oct. 24 only.
Home Fires Nursery (Oct. 17-24)
Spokane County Conservation District (Oct. 24 only)
The registration period for free trees ended earlier this month, but 50 Princeton Sentry Ginkgo trees will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for people who did not register for a tree in advance. Citizens are limited to one (1) free tree per property owner.
This is the second Residential Tree Program giveaway this year. During the first tree giveaway in the spring, most of the initial 1,000 trees were given away within 24 hours!
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.