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News Release: Plant a Tree at the City of Encinitas Arbor Day 2018 Celebration

On April 21st 2018, the City of Encinitas will be hosting the 7th Annual Encinitas Tree City USA Arbor Day 2018 Celebration and free tree planting event in the residential block of Melba Rd between Nardo Rd & Bonita Dr.  This event celebrates Arbor Day, Encinitas’ Tree City USA accreditation, and provides the community with a volunteer opportunity to help protect the local environment. The event will be held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the 800 block of Melba Rd- north side of San Dieguito Academy- easterly parking lot, Encinitas CA 92024.

During the celebration, participants will gather into groups and plant a variety of 15 gallon trees alongside professional arborists. The arborists will be teaching participants about identifying trees, planting the right tree in the right place, tree watering requirements and root systems. Sponsors of the event will be offering light refreshments; informational booths and each participant will receive a fabric Arbor Day bag. The 7th Annual Encinitas Tree City USA sponsors include San Diego Gas & Electric, West Coast Arborist, The Wishing Tree Company, Cal Fire, Davey Tree Services, Davey Resource Group, Bishop’s Tree Service, Lumber cycle, Tree San Diego, DUDEK, Boy Scout Troop 2000, Western ECI and the City’s Urban Forest Action Committee along with Parks & Youth Commissioners. Participants are asked to wear closed-toed shoes and hats to the event for protection.

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The City of Encinitas maintains more than 15,000 trees as part of its Urban Forest Management Program. For the past 6 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has honored Encinitas with its “Tree City USA” designation.  This is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management in over 3,400 accredited cities and towns that are home to 135 million people across America.

In America, Arbor Day is a tradition dating back to April 1872 when 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska. Trees are a critically important part of sustainability and protecting the environment. They absorb storm water runoff that can harm our coastline, fight climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, reduce energy usage by providing natural shade, and beautify streets and parks.

About the Arbor Day Foundation:  Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. https://www.arborday.org

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