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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:

City Parks says: "To qualify for Tree City USA distinction, a city must meet four standards that ensure the community has a viable tree management plan and program.


Specifically, the requirements involve having:


·                                A Tree Board or Department

·                                A Tree Care Ordinance

·                                A Community Forestry Program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita

·                                An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation"

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