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A green gift

by Brian Walker
| April 9, 2010 9:00 PM

POST FALLS - Call it a tree-mendous gift to Post Falls. Roughly 3,000 landscape trees will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis to Post Falls residents on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Q'emiln Park as part of Arbor Day activities.

POST FALLS - Call it a tree-mendous gift to Post Falls.

Roughly 3,000 landscape trees will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis to Post Falls residents on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Q'emiln Park as part of Arbor Day activities.

Landscape trees expected to be available include several varieties of maple, Japanese lilac, European hornbeam and linden. There is a limit of two per person or a maximum of three per household.

The trees have a retail value of between $100 and $125 each, making it at least a $30,000 donation.

Real estate and development businesses, including JUB Engineers, Panhandle State Bank, First American Title and Century 21, secured the donation.

"This year the donors would like to dedicate the tree donation to our friend, Realtor and past tree donor Monte Risvold who initiated the tree donations seven years ago," said Brad Marshall of JUB Engineers. "We are very pleased to again donate trees to area residents and friends. Trees can beautify a home, lower you heating and cooling costs, and benefit future generations to come."

Dave Dean of Panhandle State Bank said it's a way to thank customers for doing business with the donors.

Jacque Sergeant of First American Title Company said it's great to see how the donations have made a difference in the community.

"I look around and I recognize the trees that were donated and planted over the years in various stages of growth and look forward to seeing them in 10 years and say we had a hand in that," Sergeant said.

Brendan Murphy, Post Falls urban forester, said it's estimated that, for every dollar that's spent on a tree, the tree gives back $3 in return with shade, stormwater runoff costs, aesthetic value and other benefits.

"They provide a lot of value to the city," Murphy said.

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