Damon Hunter, Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement, No Phone Number Available
Monday, February 29, 2016 at 4:36 p.m.
The Residential Tree Program is currently transitioning from the Office of Neighborhood Services into the Urban Forestry department of Parks and Recreation. The program is on pause this fall while the transition takes place. We are hopeful it will be ready to resume in the spring.
All trees have been reserved. Thank you for your participation in the Residential Tree Program! Another free tree giveaway is scheduled for October. Check back with SpokaneCity.org for updates.
The Residential Tree Program aims to give away 2,000 free trees to Spokane City residents in 2016. The first 1,000 trees will be distributed the week of April 18-24 and the last 1,000 trees will be distributed this fall.
Update: The Residential Tree Program is currently transitioning from the Office of Neighborhood Services into the Urban Forestry department of Parks and Recreation. The program is on pause this fall while the transition takes place. We are hopeful it will be ready to resume in the spring.
The Residential Tree Program is operated under the Forest Spokane Initiative. The Forest Spokane Initiative will plant 10,000 new trees within the City of Spokane by the end of 2016 as a means of mitigating stormwater runoff from reaching the Spokane River. To learn more about the Initiative and other programs please visit the Forest Spokane Initiative webpage.
By registering for a tree in advance you are able to reserve the tree species of your choice prior to the April giveaway event. Registration to reserve a free tree will close Wednesday, April 6th and a voucher will be emailed to the email address you've provided on Friday, April 8th. You must bring your voucher to the participating nursery to pick up your tree. It is your responsibility to pick up your free tree from the nursery and plant and care for the new tree. If you are not able to pick up your tree or would like to remove your tree reservation for any other reason, please email me (Damon Hunter) by April 1st.
Any remaining and un-registered trees will be available on a first come, first serve basis on Saturday, April 24th from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. The same rules apply for the remaining trees (one tree per household, you must be a property owner, and you must be a resident who lives within the Spokane municipal boundaries). Please check back on the City's website for updated information about tree availability.
Trees provided through the Residential Tree Program are to be planted on private property only. Residents who live within the Spokane municipal boundary and are the property owner where the tree is planted can register for 1 tree for their property, property owners who own multiple properties are not eligible to register for more than 1 tree.
Before getting registered for your free tree you must know what tree species you are requesting and be able to provide this information at the time of registration. To review the tree species available through this program check out the Residential Tree Program – Tree Species List (April 05, 2016) (PDF 632 KB). This list will be updated at the beginning of each week as tree species become unavailable. If you do not provide the name of the tree species you are registering for you will not be eligible to reserve a free tree prior to the event.
When you receive your voucher by email after April 8th the voucher will provide the name and address of the nursery where your tree is being held. Please visit the nursery indicated on the voucher as the two nurseries will be providing different tree species.
Please do not call the nurseries to register for a tree or the vouchers. The nurseries are NOT distributing any vouchers for this program. To register for the vouchers, register online through the link above or visit your neighborhood council meeting.