New Trees Add More Than Beauty To The City

The City of Fresno Public Works Department, together with the California Conservation Corp and volunteers from Tree Fresno will plant more than 230 trees throughout the City.

The partnership will span three consecutive days of planting beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2007. The new trees will be planted in empty sidewalk planters, residential neighborhoods and along streets in the downtown area. The goal is to increase the City’s urban forest, enhance City beautification efforts and improve air quality.

Native and non-native ornamental trees have been selected due to their resistance to disease, adaptation to the urban landscape, shade capacity and minimal trash production. Tree Fresno will provide information on tree planting, care and maintenance to those who receive the trees.

Grant funding was provided through the Proposition 12 Watershed, Wildlife and Parks Improvements Bond Act of 2000. It is administered by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection through the Urban and Community Forestry Program.

For more information, contact Mary Gonzalez at (559) 621-8689.

CONTACT: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Manager (559) 621-7777 Patti Miller, Public Affairs Administrator 621-7795

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