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Press Release

City of Tracy Marks Arbor Day Celebration with Tree Planting Event

Posted: Oct 13, 2016
Location: Tracy, Calif.

The City of Tracy, in partnership with the Tracy Tree Foundation, CalFire and West Coast Arborists, Inc. will host an Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, October 22nd at 9:00 a.m. at Lincoln Park in Tracy. Throughout the day, roughly 150 trees will be planted along City streets and in various parks; 25 trees will be planted at Lincoln Park. Other park planting locations include El Pescadero Park and Kenner Park – both starting at 10:00 a.m. A separate group of Tracy dog lovers who raised their own funds for the trees will be planting five trees at the Cora Dog Park (at El Pescadero Park) starting at 10:30 a.m. Funding for the tree planting comes largely through a CalFire CIRCLE grant.

Among those planting the trees will be City of Tracy Councilmembers, Tracy Tree Foundation board members, Parks & Community Services Commissioners, Youth Advisory Commissioners, California Conservation Crew, and volunteers from the Make A Difference Day. City staff and staff from the City’s contracted tree service, West Coast Arborist, will be there to assist as needed.

“Arbor Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and support for an ongoing healthy urban forest in Tracy,” stated Don Scholl, Public Works Director. “Trees provide many environmental, health and social benefits, all of which contribute to improving the quality of life in our community.”

The Tracy Tree Foundation is a newly formed community organization whose main purpose is to help sustain and improve the local urban forest. The organization strives to educate the community on the value of trees, including their economic, environmental, health, and social impacts. The Foundation currently has nine board members and is pursuing grants to help support Tracy’s Urban Forest.

Arbor Day is typically celebrated nationally during the spring; however, any community can designate a different day to celebrate this event. Volunteers interested in participating in the Arbor Day event may contact the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300 for more information. Volunteers are encouraged to wear work clothes and gloves, and bring shovels, rakes, buckets and wheel barrows if possible.

CONTACT
City of Tracy – Public Works Department
(209) 831-6300

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