Bakersfield, CA (February 23, 2007)- The Tree Foundation of Kern was established in 1993 to advance sustainable urban and community forestry plan in Kern County. Their mission is to inspire people to enhance their neighborhoods by planting and caring for trees. Their vision is to have healthy, vibrant, sustainable urban forests in all of Kern County. Since 1994, over 12,000 trees have been planted at over 400 locations throughout Kern County by the Tree Foundation.
The Tree Foundation has two nurseries that grow trees for the organization. These trees are available for low cost to schools, municipalities, and other organizations that plant trees in public places. The Bakersfield Association for Retarded Citizens (BARC) and Kern High School District Adult School Program grow the trees while learning valuable horticulture skills and taking on new responsibilities. Additionally, the Tree Foundation supports a program at the Taft Correctional Institute where trees are cared for by prison inmates.
The Tree Foundation of Kern, in partnership with the City of Bakersfield, also provides an opportunity for individuals to celebrate a significant event (such as a birth, wedding or anniversary), or memorialize a loved one with the planting of a tree in our new Commemorative Grove. Located off Manor Street on Denise Avenue, this special grove currently has over 100 trees planted in it.
For more information, visit the Tree Foundation of Kern.