On May 4, Tree Davis volunteers working with volunteers from Pacific Gas and Electric and planted 61 trees back into the neighborhood. The trees picked included crape myrtle, chitalpa, dwarf purple pony, red oak, and blue oak. These trees were picked because they do well in our climate here in Davis and chitalpa, crape myrtle, and dwarf purple pony will grow to a mature height of 15-20 feet leaving clearance under the high voltage power line. Additional red oak and chitalpa were planted along the bike path in front of Nugget.
As part of PG&E’s annual routine work, trees on both private and City owned property along both sides of Claremont Drive that were potentially causing a public safety hazard under a 115kV transmission line have been removed. In the past these trees have been topped, which is a poor arboriculture practice. Trees need space to grow both above and below ground. PG&E asks customers to carefully consider their surroundings when planting trees using “Right Tree, Right Place” methods. Proper selection of trees under or near power lines reduces fire hazards, limits the need for frequent pruning, increases property value and adds beauty to the community. It is recommended that customers choose a tree and location where the ultimate height and spread of the tree will grow no higher than 15 feet tall so the tree will not grow into or interfere with the power lines. Further, the location of underground facilities should be considered as roots may be damaged if underground facilities need to be dug up for maintenance or repairs. To ensure each property owner is able to fully enjoy their newly planted tree PG&E recommends a consultation with a PG&E arborist.
Eight Tree Davis volunteers planted 50 valley oak trees on Saturday, March 16th in honor of Arbor Day. The plantings were done in conjunction with the Russell Blvd. Tree Project which has planted over 400 trees along the Russell Blvd. bike path west of Davis since 2009.
Funding for this planting was provided to Tree Davis by the Sacramento Tree Foundation as part of its California ReLeaf 2013 Arbor Week Tree Planting Grant Program which is done in cooperation with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The trees were donated by the L.A. Moran Reforestation Center on Chiles Road in Davis which is managed by Rich Marovich, the Streamkeeper for the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee.
The holes were dug ahead of time by volunteer Dan Garrett of Garrett Landscape Construction, who donated the use of his company’s Bobcat auger.
The water was provided by Phil Kitchen of Three Palms Nursery, which is located near the plantings at the junction of County Road 95 and Russell Blvd.
Many passersby on the bike path have voiced their appreciation to the volunteers as they plant the trees, which is so very nice” reports Janet Mercurio, Coordinator of the Russell Blvd. Tree Project. “But some people have also voiced concern about the trees that are planted directly under the utility lines. I clarify for them that the lines are only telephone lines and not electrical lines, so there is no problem. The telephone company allows trees to grow right through the phone lines with only occasional minor pruning needed.”
Tree Davis and the Russell Blvd. Tree Project are hoping to plant another 36 trees this fall to complete the plantings along the Russell Blvd. Bike Path.
Twenty-five Tree Davis volunteers came together today to plant 10 donated trees at Davis City Hall, one of many events taking place in celebration of California Arbor Week (March 7-14), a statewide initiative led by California ReLeaf. Tree Davis is a member of California ReLeaf’s network of nonprofit and community tree planting groups committed to increasing green spaces in their communities.
“We’re glad we could plant these trees today and as a result improve the air quality and tranquility of the area,” said Keith McAleer, Executive Director of Tree Davis. “California Arbor Week is a great opportunity for individuals and organizations to not only plant trees but also raise awareness about the important benefits trees have in our lives and our communities.”
In addition to today’s event, the City of Davis is celebrating its 35th year as a TreeCity USA, making it the second longest running TreeCity USA in California. TreeCity USA cities follow established urban forestry management standards such as having a tree commission and celebrating Arbor Day. Tree Davis and the City of Davis will continue to celebrate this honor by planting more trees to celebrate national Arbor Day in April.
“We were fortunate to be able to provide nearly $35,000 in funding to organizations this year for urban forestry projects and anticipate that thousands of trees beyond those funded will be planted throughout the state,” said Joe Liszewski California ReLeaf executive director. “We work with local organizations like Tree Davis that understand the specific urban forestry needs in their communities and help us achieve our ultimate goal to preserve and enhance California’s urban and community forests.”
California Arbor Week runs March 7-14 every year to mark famed horticulturist Luther Burbank’s birthday. This year, legislation was proposed to define California Arbor Week in statute. Visit www.arborweek.org for more info.