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Go paperless and Credit Union will plant a tree

Chris Bachman, 45, of Spokane Valley, pounds away at the rocky ground as he prepares a planting spot on the bank of the Spokane River. The Lands Council was awarded $20,000 in Tom’s of Maine’s 50 States for Good competition for the Reforest Spokane project. (Dan Pelle)
Chris Bachman, 45, of Spokane Valley, pounds away at the rocky ground as he prepares a planting spot on the bank of the Spokane River. The Lands Council was awarded $20,000 in Tom’s of Maine’s 50 States for Good competition for the Reforest Spokane project. (Dan Pelle)

CONSERVATION — A local credit union is linking a promotion to the roots of conservation.

Starting today — Earth Day — Spokane Teachers Credit Union members who switch to paper-saving electronic account statements will be helping plant trees and educating studens about conservation.

For every member who makes the switch from paper statements to e-statements between April 22 and June 30, STCU will donate the money to plant one treealong Deep Creek, Coulee Creek and Hangman Creek (also called Latah Creek). Work will be done in North Idaho, as well, although exact locations have not been selected.

The work is being organized by The Lands Council, which plans on planting 5,000 trees through its Project SUSTAIN.

Up to 400 Inland Northwest high school students will help plant the trees, said Amanda Swan, Lands Council director of development and communications. Students from Mead Alternative School, The Community School, On Track Academy, Lewis and Clark High School, Coeur d’Alene High School and Post Falls High School and St. Maries High School will participate.

“The benefits are in reducing erosion in the watershed,” Swan said. “Tree planting helps stabilize stream banks, reducing sediments and toxics from entering our watersheds and eventually the Spokane River. There’s a public health benefit that goes beyond doing something great for the environment and planting trees.”




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