Like Ponderosa Pines? This Plan's For You |
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Growing up in Michigan, "Ponderosa" meant one thing: inexpensive buffet dining. I didn't see my first real-life Ponderosa Pine until I moved to Spokane in 1998. Now, I'm surrounded by them in my old-growth neighborhood. They're towering, stately, and to me, epitomize the majestic natural beauty of the Inland Northwest.
Now, there's a plan to bring more Ponderosas to Spokane - 10,000, to be exact. The Lands Council's ambitious proposal would have 500 volunteers plant 20 trees apiece in a single day. To pay for "Reforest Spokane Day," the Lands Council needs your vote to win a community improvement contest sponsored by Tom's of Maine, the natural beauty products company.
Among other things, the Lands Council says 10,000 additional Ponderosas would provide more areas of much-needed shade in our city, reduce traffic noise, and create a more beautiful Spokane. You can read about the plan on the Land's Council's website. And if you think it's a good idea, there's a link to vote for it.
Right now, "Reforest Spokane" is beating out dozens of competing plans from across the country, but there's still a week to go before the polls close.
On a side note, if you're ever in the Midwest and are looking for a decent T-bone under $10 (including sundae bar), try the other Ponderosa.