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New license plate could help Finch Arboretum

OLYMPIA – The Finch Arboretum would get a share of the money raised by a new license plate the features the state tree under a bill approved Monday by the House.

The plate with the Western hemlock would be added to the dozens of specialty plates available in the state, carrying a $40 fee when new and $30 for a renewal. An estimate by Office of Financial Management projects it would raise about $140,000 over the next five years.

Originally written to send all the money to the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, but an amendment pushed by Spokane Reps. Jeff Holy and Marcus Riccelli to make it a “statewide bill” would send 15 percent to the Finch Arboretum in west Spokane. The revised bill now goes to the Senate.

Can we get a bang out of Tree City-hood?

Spokane is once again a “Tree City”. It’s a designation that only goes to municipalities that meet certain conditions (explained below.)

To celebrate our Tree City-hood, which we’ve achieved for six straight years. Spokane Parks and Rec are having a “to-do” Saturday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

It’s at the Finch Arboretum. You know, the place where the department recently earned national fame (or is it notoriety) for blowing up the burrows of ground squirrels, with the critters inside.


If you think you hear a 21-gun salute, make sure that it’s actually, you know, guns.

Criteria for Tree Cities inside:

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


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