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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
For a map to the Arboretum, see the Park and Recreation website.
Born in England, John Finch came to America when he was a boy and eventually settled in Spokane where he partnered with Amasa B. Campbell, who became his neighbor in Browne’s Addition. Together, Finch and Campbell invested heavily in Coeur d’Alene mining operation and developed the Gem, Standard, and Hecla Silver Mines. Finch was also president of many businesses including the White and Bender Company, Coeur d’Alene Hardware Company, Blalock Fruit Company, and the National Lumber and Box Company. Find was elected to the Idaho State Senate in 1981. He died in 1915, leaving 60% of his fortune to his wife and 40% to charity and civic enterprises including the Arboretum.
The City of Spokane Urban Forestry program manages over 75,000 street trees and another 20,000 trees on developed park land within the City. City arborists work to enhance the benefits of a healthy urban forest canopy by planting, protecting, and maintaining public trees throughout the City. The thinning of trees in some areas is also done to improve forest health and reduce wildfire danger on conservation lands within the City’s park system. 2012 marked Spokane’s tenth consecutive year designated as a Tree City USA. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.