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Explore Spokane’s urban forest at breakfast talk, tour

Posted by | August 5, 2016
See how the urban forest helps cities stay healthy and livable at an upcoming breakfast and walk (WSU photo).
See how the urban forest helps cities stay healthy and livable at an upcoming breakfast and walk (WSU photo).

Learn about the benefits that Spokane’s urban forest provides in a breakfast discussion and walking tour, “Wood, Water, Wildlife and Waffles,” hosted by Washington State University Extension Forestry.

The event is 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Scoop, 1001 W 25th Ave. in Spokane, Wash.

“Research has shown that trees help us be healthier, safer and more productive. Yet many take urban forests for granted,” said Steve McConnell, regional forestry specialist with WSU Extension. “Join us for breakfast, and you will learn how to support the urban forest that supports and sustains all of us.”

Presenters include City of Spokane Urban Forester Angel Spell, Urban Horticulture Coordinator Tim Kohlhauff, and Spokane Audubon Society member Gary Blevins.

Spell will discuss Spokane’s urban tree program, emphasizing how trees provide valuable ecosystem services, storing stormwater and cleaning the air. Blevins will speak on the importance of urban forests in wildlife habitat.

A walking tour follows, exploring dozens of different tree species, and the habitat, benefits and potential concerns they bring to the city.

“The urban forest is our ‘green infrastructure,’ adding to our quality of life and helping us feel at home in the midst of city life,” said McConnell. “It’s there for us because of the care we give to sustain it.”

Cost for breakfast is $20. Learn more and register online here. Or, contact McConnell at (509) 477-2175 or by email at steven.mcconnell@wsu.edu.

The Scoop is located at 1001 W. 25th Avenue, Spokane, Wash.