How Spokane Is Trying to Plant 10,000 New Trees

By Michael Grass

August 15, 2014

The city of Spokane, Washington, is in the middle of an initiative to strengthen the city’s tree canopy and improve green infrastructure around the Evergreen State’s second-largest city.

This spring, the city announced its Forest Spokane program which aims to add 10,000 new trees in the next two years, in addition to other vegetation and landscaping along public rights-of-way.

“Trees add beauty and character, and play a major role in our plans to be smarter about how we use vegetation to help keep stormwater from entering our river,” Mayor David Condon said in his April announcement.

While the program aims to beautiful the city, it is designed to help limit the amount of storm water that ends up in local waterways.

Alicia Powell, project coordinator for Forest Spokane, says in a new video on the initiative:

The Forest Spokane initiative was launched at the beginning of the year as part of an integrated planning project to mitigate stormwater and get involved with neighborhoods to create greening projects and beautify Spokane.

VIDEO: Here’s how the Forest Spokane initiative works ...

The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded Spokane with its Tree City USA designation for the previous 11 years.


By Michael Grass

August 15, 2014

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