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Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday April 25

Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday April 25

 

The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers will host the 38th semi-annual Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on Saturday, April 25. The Compost Fair is part of the City of Spokane’s Arbor Day Celebration and starts at 11:00 a.m.  Attendees must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete all of the compost fair activities by the 2:00 p.m. close. 

 

Participants will learn how to turn into compost the “clean green” materials that result from their spring yard work and landscape trimming as well as the types of food scraps that can be included in a backyard compost pile. Activity stations will provide hands-on experience and lots of information on the materials that can be composted, types of bins to use, and how to build and turn a pile. The finished compost is excellent material to recycle back into yards and gardens. 

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

City to give away 2,000 trees to Spokane residents

City to give away 2,000 trees to Spokane residents

 

Looking to green up your home's landscaping?

 

In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff through planting trees, the City of Spokane and its partners will be giving away 2,000 trees as a part of the Residential Tree program. 

 

Spokane residents can receive up to two free trees at the two giveaway events in 2015. The first event is set to be held on April 17th and 18th, and a second event will happen near the end of October. Approximately 1,000 trees of a variety of species will be offered at each event.

 

The City's Office of Neighborhood Services is working with three local nurseries that will have the tree stock available on the day of the event.

  • Blue Moon Nursery: 1732 S. Inland Empire Way Spokane, WA 99224
  • Spokane Conservation District: 210 N. Havana St. Spokane, WA 99202
  • Home Fires Nursery: 2919 S. Geiger Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224

 

Volunteers needed to plant 3,000 ponderosa pine seedlings along the Spokane River

Volunteers needed to plant 3,000 ponderosa pine seedlings along the Spokane River

 

Volunteers are needed to help plant 3,000 ponderosa pine seedlings along the banks of the Spokane River Park on March 28th at 2839 W. Clark Avenue in Spokane.

 

This event is a project of the Forest Spokane Initiative. This initiative is an ambitious plan to mitigate storm water by implementing green infrastructure by planting trees and removing impervious surfaces.

 

A variety of young and old volunteers are needed to dig, plant seedlings, and carry supplies. 

 

Volunteers should bring their own gloves, shovels, and/or pick ax for the program. Some supplies will also be available the day of the event. Those who plan to attend should also bring their own water, and dress appropriately for the weather.

 

To register for the planting event visit www.volunteerspokane.org, select events and filter by March 28th.

 

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

This winter, staff and volunteers from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer guided hikes through the ancient, old growth forest at Rockport State Park.

The Deep Forest Experience hikes take place between 10:00 a.m. And 2:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 5 through February 15, at Rockport State Park. The park is located just off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), .06 miles west of the town of Rockport.

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

If you're looking for a fall getaway without breaking the bank, vacation specialists at TripAdvisor have named Leavenworth one of the top spots in the country to take in some colorful sights.

According to TripAdvisor, 83 percent of those surveyed plan to take a leisure trip this fall, with 31 percent planning to travel for the joy of viewing fall foliage. To help travelers plan, TripIndex compared the cost of a weekend getaway for two in 15 of the most popular leaf-peeping destinations in the US, including the combined average cost of a two-night stay in a bed and breakfast, a full tank of gas, apple picking and a meal at a restaurant.

Leavenworth came in at an affordable $476.89, but you'd better make your reservations now before the winter flakes start to fall.

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been removed. Fire danger has been reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR's actions. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas may still remain dry. Anyone who plans on burning should check with local authorities beforehand.

You can also always find the latest on your local fire restrictions here.