Spokane parks department outlines plan, seeks volunteers to replace trees lost in January windstorm

Spokane parks crews are seeking volunteers to help plant trees this spring to more than replace the approximately 200 lost during the January windstorm.

The goal of the city’s 2021 Windstorm Restoration Plan is to plant two replacement trees for each one that was downed earlier this year. City officials said the replacements will be native conifers, such as the ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, western larch and white pine.

Garrett Jones, the city’s director of parks and recreation, said the 2-to-1 planting ratio is one the city has aspired to with past projects that have necessitated tree removal. Jones said Thursday the plantings are expected to begin “very soon,”

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