California Arbor Week Celebrations Grow Statewide
Special celebrations highlight the importance of trees to California
Sacramento, Calif. – California Arbor Week will be celebrated throughout California March 7-14 to highlight the importance of trees to communities by improving air quality, water conservation, economic vitality, individual health and the ambiance of residential and commercial neighborhoods.
Organizations ranging from city tree foundations, nature groups, cities, schools and youth organizations are preparing to plant thousands of trees in every corner of the state as a commitment to green space and community well being.
“Over 94% of Californian’s live in urban areas.” said Joe Liszewski, Executive Director for California ReLeaf, the organization spearheading California Arbor Week activities. “Trees make California’s cities and towns better. It’s that simple. Everyone can do their part to plant and care for trees ensuring that they are a resource long into the future.”
California ReLeaf is an alliance of community-based groups, individuals, industry, and government agencies working to protect the environment by planting and caring for trees, and the state’s urban and community forests. California ReLeaf works in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the state agency’s Urban Forestry Program is responsible for leading the effort to advance the development of sustainable urban and community forests in California.
Research shows that trees clear pollution from the air, catch significant rainwater, add to property values, cut energy use, increase commercial activity, reduce stress, improve neighborhood safety and enhance recreation opportunities.
California Arbor Week runs March 7-14 every year. Visit www.arborweek.org for more information.