Photo: New ponderosas adorn former YMCA site
Grove of trees also honors the late Susie Stephens:
Nancy MacKerrow holds a picture of her daughter, Susie Stephens, in front of 10 newly planted ponderosa pine trees on Wednesday on the site of the former YMCA building, during a gathering in Riverfront Park. The new grove of trees was coordinated by the Lands Council, the city’s Urban Forestry department and the Susie Forest, which honors Stephens, an environmentalist who died after being hit by a bus 10 years ago to the day on Wednesday. Event participants were asked to write messages on biodegradable paper and hang them on the trees. Nearly 200 trees have been planted around Spokane in Stephens’ honor and another 100 trees around the world.