Aug. 16: Explore urban forest at breakfast talk, tour

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

treeSPOKANE, Wash. – Learn about the benefits that Spokane’s urban forest provides in a breakfast discussion and walking tour 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Scoop, 1001 W. 25th Ave., Spokane.

“Wood, Water, Wildlife and Waffles,” hosted by Washington State University Extension Forestry, costs $20. Learn more and register at Or contact Steve McConnell at 509-477-2175 or

A previous tree workshop in Spokane.

“Research has shown that trees help us be healthier, safer and more productive; yet many take urban forests for granted,” said McConnell, regional forestry specialist with WSU Extension. “The urban forest is our ‘green infrastructure,’ adding to our quality of life and helping us feel at home in the midst of the city.”

Topics will include Spokane’s urban tree program, the importance of urban forests in wildlife habitat, native trees and commonly introduced tree species, rare ornamental trees, species selection, planting and maintenance.

Following the talks, a walking tour will introduce dozens of tree species and the habitat, benefits and potential concerns they bring to the city.

Presenters will include McConnell, City of Spokane urban forester Angel Spell, urban horticulture coordinator Tim Kohlhauff and Spokane Audubon Society member Gary Blevins.


Steve McConnell, WSU Extension forestry, 509-477-2175,