The goals of TLC's Urban Forestry program are to enhance Spokane's tree canopy, restore degraded lands, and build knowledge, awareness, and an appreciation of the urban forest on the part of the community. To this end, TLC works closely with Spokane Urban Forestry. In 2011, we signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and created a new program called "Urban Branches." Urban Branches represents a collective effort to maximize our two organizations' mutual goals and objectives in enhancing Spokane's urban forest canopy.
The key feature of Urban Branches is a fund dedicated wholly to City-wide tree planting projects. This allows individuals to make tax deductible contributions-as memorials, gifts, dedications, or donations-that directly support tree planting efforts in the City of Spokane.*
The Susie Forest
Susie's optimism, accomplishments, and love of life inspired her mother, Nancy MacKerrow, to begin The Susie Forest. Founded by MacKerrow to honor Susie through three goals-by planting trees for her, by helping others to plant meaningful trees, and by continuing her activism-the Susie Forest is a living, growing legacy to Susie and her commitment to creating livable communities. Each tree planted signifies the magnitude and importance that one person's life can have on those around them, as well as on entire communities and generations.
Except for the two trees planted every year on Susie's birthday and on the anniversary of her death, every tree planted in The Susie Forest is associated with another person and/or event. Since its beginning, The Susie Forest has grown to over 200 trees throughout Spokane (Susie's hometown), the nation, and the world, including far-reaching places like New Zealand and Iran.
For more information on The Susie Forest, please visit http://thesusieforest.wordpress.com/.
The Susie Forest now grows in Afghanistan
August 15, 2012 Spokesman Review post
The Susie Forest, a Spokane-based initiative, has taken root in Afghanistan. Nancy MacKerrow is the Spokane woman whose daughter, Susie Stephens,
was killed in 2002 when she was hit by a bus in St. Louis.
10 new ponderosas adorn former YMCA site
*To help us track incoming donations to support Urban Branches, please note whether you were referred by Susie Forest or the City of Spokane Urban Forestry under the "Referred by" field on our donation page. Thank you!
Learn more about how you can honor or remember someone special by visiting The Susie Forest blog here.
To learn more about the City of Spokane's Urban Forestry efforts, please visit their website.
For more information on Urban Branches or to get involved in our efforts, please contact Kat Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.