The Spokane Conservation District and Avista are teaming up to plant shade trees in an effort to reduce energy use and cost. This program provides free trees to homeowners in Spokane county.
To be eligible for the program, the homeowner must be an Avista customer, and, of course, have the space for a large tree on the west or southwest side of the house- the sides that take the most sun and heat gain. The tree needs between 15’ and 30’ (depending on the type of tree) from the west side or southwest corner your house to prevent problems. Only property that is your full time home is eligible; recreational or seasonal homes are not.
To apply to the program, fill out a registration form and either fax it to the SCD office at 509-535-7410 or mail it to Spokane Conservation District, 210 N. Havana St., Spokane, WA 99202. You will be contacted by a SCD representative. An first visit will be made to your property to determine if there is enough space, and to mark the location where the tree will be planted. The tree will be planted on a later visit.
The program only plants 50 trees per season (50 in spring and 50 in autumn), so apply soon to secure a spot. If you don’t make it into the spring planting, try again for the fall one.