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April 9, 2010
STATE DNR ENCOURAGES PLANTING THE RIGHT TREE IN THE RIGHT PLACE
Sarah Foster, Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager
(ANNOUNCER) One of the most important things you can do to ensure the successful life of a tree is to plan out your planting project.
Sarah Foster, the state’s urban and community forestry program manager, says the Department of Natural Resources suggests doing some planning before you plant that new tree. .
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(SARAH FOSTER) “Before you plant a tree, you want to look around the space and figure out exactly what you have room to plant. Do you have room for a large tree that will provide shade and environmental benefits? Do you have room for a small tree that will have flowers and potentially bird habitat?”
(ANNOUNCER) Every year DNR celebrates Arbor Day in Washington on the 2nd Wednesday of April. During the entire month of April, tree planting is encouraged. Foster goes on to say that you should know how much room you have above and below the tree before you plant. In addition, do you know what type of tree to plant?
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(SARAH FOSTER) “There’s hundreds of species that we get to choose. The big thing you want to do is look at what you have room for. If you have room for a big tree that’s going to mature and give us all sorts of environmental benefits, go for a big tree. You can talk to your local nursery. You can talk with a certified arborist.”
(ANNOUNCER) Foster says the most important thing to remember when planting a tree is to check with your local city or county government to see if there are any planting regulations.
If your city is a Tree City USA community you can join in their Arbor Day celebration and celebrate planting trees all across your city. Washington has 77 tree city USA Communities that are recognized by DNR and the Arbor Day Foundation. A list of these cities can be found at www.dnr.wa.gov
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