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Archived News Release from 2006

For Immediate Release

CityTrees Awarded State Grant for Tree Planting in Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - November 20 , 2006 - The local non-profit CityTrees is pleased to announce that it has received a substantial grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) through the Green Trees for the Golden State Grant program.

This $22,233 grant will fund the planting of over 200 new street trees during six planting events scheduled for 2007. The grant also provides funds for a special Pruning Training seminar, as well as continuation of CityTrees’ existing volunteer program offering pruning of trees CityTrees has planted, after a two-year period of growth. All of the planting events, the training programs, and tree pruning work will be coordinated in partnership with the City of Redwood City.

With this grant, CityTrees volunteers will plant a total of 210 trees during monthly events in March, April, May, June, September, and October 2007. New volunteers are always welcome and can get involved by going to www.citytrees.org or calling (650) 556-9380, extension 4.

New trees will be placed in public planting strips along selected streets in Redwood City. A pruning and maintenance seminar will be hosted by CityTrees, with the City’s Public Works Services Department providing the trainers and field instruction. Graduates of the training seminar participate in pruning trees previously planted by CityTrees. Several pruning events will then be held to prune 150 trees planted by CityTrees in the past two-to-four years.

CityTrees is a volunteer tree-planting organization which has planted over 1,600 new trees in Redwood City, drawing on over 1,300 volunteers who have invested nearly 4,000 volunteer hours since 2001. The group is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Redwood City through a coordinated program of tree planting and maintenance, education, and advocacy. With the tireless efforts of these local arboreal enthusiasts, CityTrees is preserving and extending the urban forest, and has helped Redwood City to met the four standards to become a Tree City USA – a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a comprehensive community forestry program; and an Arbor Day observance.

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Contact:
Gordon Mann
Public Works Services
(650) 780-7493

 

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