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Paddlers: keep eye out for thirsty trees at Barker Bridge

Ramon Alvarado Estrada and Frank Quates of Pointwest Landscape in Coeur d'alene plant Ponderosa Pines at the Spokane River access next to the Barker Bridge, Thurs., May 12, 2011. The City of Spokane Valley regraded the site, and the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club provided $3,500 and planted native trees, plants, shrubs and top soil.  (J. Bart Rayniak)
Ramon Alvarado Estrada and Frank Quates of Pointwest Landscape in Coeur d'alene plant Ponderosa Pines at the Spokane River access next to the Barker Bridge, Thurs., May 12, 2011. The City of Spokane Valley regraded the site, and the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club provided $3,500 and planted native trees, plants, shrubs and top soil. (J. Bart Rayniak)

SPOKANE RIVER -- With a $3,500 boost from the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club's "access fund," the City of Spokane Valley has made improvements to the boater access area on the north side of the new Barker Road Bridge, as our S-R staffer Nina Culver reported last week

Club members have left a few buckets at the site and they encourage river visitors to scoop water from the river occasionally and irrigate the trees and shrubs planted at the site. The new plantings will need some nursing to help them get started and keep growing when the summer weather heats up.




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