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.