Voting hasn’t even ended, but the Lands Council is confident of their victory

Voting hasn’t even ended, but the Lands Council is confident of their victory
Voting hasn't even ended, but the Lands Council is confident of their victory

It may be a little early to announce victory, but The Lands Council has chosen a date to plant 10,000 Ponderosa pines. If they become a finalist in the Tom’s of Maine’s contest, with the large sum of money they receive they’ll plant pines in various Spokane locations on October 22nd of this year. They’re calling it Reforest Spokane Day. “It takes a lot of planning, but were confident that we’re going to make it in the top six,” Lands Council executive director, Mike Petersen said. 

The top finalist would receive $50,000 and the remaining five would receive $20,000. If they win the 50 grand, Petersen says that will pay for everything including snacks and lunches for the 500 needed volunteers. If they only get the 20 grand, they’ll still plan on planting 10,000 trees. 

“We’re pretty excited about it because it’s our native tree. People across the country have been voting for us,” Petersen said. He continued, “We were in first place as of yesterday, but now the standings have been removed for the last week of voting. We’re still confident.”

They’re still narrowing down 15-20 planting locations with the help of the Department of Transportation and Spokane Urban Forestry. They hope to plant trees along the Spokane River, the North Spokane Corridor and more.

In the meantime, you can still vote and make double sure that they win by voting every day. Voting ends Tuesday, September 13th. Winners will officially be announced on or before October 11th.

Ponderosa History: They were first described by the Scottish botanist, David Douglas, in 1826 during his North American travels near present-day Spokane. In 1827, Douglas sent the Ponderosa seeds to the London Horticultural Society to be cultivated. (Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department Bulletins, 1920)

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