Only 200 trees left in City's free tree giveaway

1,000 trees given away as part of Forest Spokane Initiative

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773,

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 12:25 p.m.

More than 200 free trees are still available for Spokane residents through the City’s Residential Tree Program giveaway. Registration to reserve a free tree ends on Wednesday, April 6. Any trees remaining and unregistered after the April 6 deadline will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturday, April 23 at Home Fires Nursery and the Spokane County Conservation District from 2-5 p.m.

The City of Spokane and its partners have been giving away 1,000 more trees this spring in an effort to reduce stormwater runoff by planting more trees in the area. Two thousand trees were given away in 2015 and an additional thousand will be given away this fall.

Registered trees will be available for pickup during business hours April 18-24 at Home Fires Nursery (2919 S. Geiger Blvd.). Citizens can pick up their free tree during open hours at the Spokane County Conservation District (210 N. Havana St.) on Saturday, April 23 only. People who registered in advance for a free tree will receive vouchers in the mail before the week of April 18.

Citizens are limited to one (1) free tree per property owner. 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.