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News Release - 8th Annual Arbor Day Celebration to be Held Saturday, April 13

ENCINITAS, CA - The City of Encinitas will hold its 8th annual Tree City USA Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. until noon in downtown Encinitas. This celebration upholds the City's standing as a Tree City USA and gives residents the opportunity to beautify and protect the community by enhancing Encinitas' tree canopy.

The Arbor Day celebration will take place on 2nd Street between West E Street and West F Street. There will be free informational tree-care booths, Arbor Day crafts and activities, and refreshments for all event attendees to enjoy. Tree planting participants will be planting a variety of low water use 15-gallon trees on
2nd and 3rd Streets between West C Street and West K Street. Each group will be led by a tree steward, who will educate participants on tree identification, plant placements, watering requirements and root systems.

Planting participants are asked to wear closed-toed shoes and hats and will need to sign a waiver form. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Event registration is encouraged but not required.

Community members or service groups with questions or who are interested in volunteering should contact Donna Trotter at [email protected] or (760) 633-2852.

This event is supported by the following organizations: Urban Forest Advisory Committee, Dudek & Associates, West Coast Arborists, San Diego Gas & Electric, Davey Tree, Wishing Tree Company, City of Encinitas Street Maintenance, City of Encinitas Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts, City of Encinitas Storm Water Department, San Diego Botanical Gardens, Site One Landscape, Tree San Diego and Lumbercycle.

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ARBOR DAY AND THE CITY OF ENCINITAS LEGACY
The City of Encinitas maintains more than 15,000 trees as part of its Urban Forest Management Program. For the past 7 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.

The annual Arbor Day celebration supports the City of Encinitas' Gold Standard Climate Action Plan Strategy 7: Carbon Sequestration. Read more on how trees fight climate change by visiting the Encinitas Climate Dashboard.

ABOUT THE CITY OF ENCINITAS

Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 60,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.

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.

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