FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Arbor Day, October 19, 2013: Greening Our Community
Richmond, CA (October, 2013) Something exciting is happening in Richmond. The citizens are coming together to enrich the urban forest and make the city a better place.
Tree-planting at an Arbor Day event is an annual occurrence in Richmond, a “Tree City.” The City of Richmond has been renovating Lucas Park, and this year’s Arbor Day tree-planting will occur there. Groundwork Richmond and the Watershed Project are providing the trees and workers to get them in the ground. Richmond Rotary is sponsoring the event. Richmond Trees is supporting the effort and there will also be volunteers from the Explorers and Pogo Park.
Arbor Day at Lucas Park
10th St and Lucas Ave
8:00 am Check-in/Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am Tree planting workshop with ISA-certified Arborist, Molly Batchelder
9:00 am Tree Planting begins
12:00 pm Lunch (for volunteers) & Speakers
All morning family activities
Volunteers will arrive for registration and breakfast from 8:00 to 8:30 am. At 8:30 there will be an orientation and demonstration of how to plant the trees. Then the groups will disperse and plant 35 trees (Redwoods, Cork Oaks, Liquidambars and Crape Myrtles) inside the park. Bay Area Rescue Mission is providing lunch for the volunteers.
The event is open to the community. There will be a bouncer, music, refreshments and activities for children. At around 12:00, Chris Chamberlain, City of Richmond’s Parks and Landscape Superintendent, will speak to the volunteers and guests.
As evident by the collaboration required to create this event, several groups are interested in planting trees in Richmond, and the reasons are clear. The benefits of a thriving urban canopy include:
- Removing carbon dioxide from the air and replacing it with oxygen, slowing global warming
- Reducing air pollution by absorbing harmful chemicals
- Replenishing our groundwater supply by reducing storm-water runoff and allowing water to soak into the surrounding soil
- Providing an urban habitat for wildlife
- Softening neighborhood noise
- Reducing speeding traffic
- Improving public safety
- Increasing property values by 15% or more
More trees are sorely needed in Richmond, a city with plenty of challenges. However, these events are about much more than just planting trees. They are about building community as people come together to do something positive for the city.
For more information about Arbor Day or planting trees in your own Richmond neighborhood, contact Chris Chamberlain, City of Richmond’s Parks & Landscape Superintendent at 510-231-3004 or visit http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/