Sacramento Region Celebrates California Arbor Day In a Big Way

Sacramento, Calif (February 20, 2007)- On Wednesday, March 7, the Sacramento Tree Foundation officially celebrates its 25th year building the best urban forest for the Sacramento region. But this local, community-building nonprofit isn’t the only one celebrating. Partners in the Tree Foundation’s Greenprint initiative will celebrate California Arbor Day by holding educational and tree planting activities throughout the Sacramento region. Attached, find a brief list of some activities sponsored by each city.

Beginning at 11:00am at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento, visitors are welcome to attend the tree planting ceremony hosted by Mayor Heather Fargo. The Mayor will give a short speech at noon.
California Arbor Day is a great time to get outdoors and get involved with your local urban forest group to plant cool, leafy shade trees in your area. More trees means cleaner air and water and cooler temperatures during Sacramento’s hot, dry summers.
What: Ceremonial Tree Planting with Mayor Heather Fargo and the Sacramento Tree Foundation
When: Wed, March 7 at noon
Where: Cesar Chavez Park
Celebrate in your city. Join these Arbor Day Activities:
City of Sacramento: Wed, March 7th
Join us at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento for a ceremonial planting with Mayor Heather Fargo and our City Council members. Activities begin at 11:00 am. Other organizations with educational information available include: SMUD, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento’s Parks and Recreation- Urban Forest Services division. Come with questions about the best trees for your house and sign up for free SMUD shade trees for your school, park or neighborhood. For more information, contact the Sacramento Tree Foundation (916) 924-8733 ext 118, or the City of Sacramento at (916) 808-1339.
Yolo County: Sat, March 10th
The Yolo County Historical Museum is hosting garden and museum tours, a plant sale, and education booths. Enjoy the 2.7 acre park surrounding the historic Gibson Mansion. The celebration kicks off with live music, games and activities for children and wraps up with an arbor christening and composting demonstrations. For more information, contact (530) 662-7856.
City of Elk Grove: Sat, March 10th
The City of Elk Grove will work with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to plant a range of trees and native shrubs along a bike path bordering the Laguna/Stonelake community park. The fun starts at 9:00 am. The location is just south of the southern end of Bobbell Road immediately to the west of Don Nottoli Park at the southern tip of the Laguna West neighborhood of Elk Grove. To Volunteer, call the Sacramento Tree Foundation (916) 924- 8733 ext 122.
City of Folsom: Wed, March 7th
Help volunteers replace large valley oak trees at Folsom City Hall, 50 Natoma Street. Activities start at noon and will wrap up about 1:00pm. For more information, contact Ken Menzer, Folsom City Arborist at (916) 355-7281.
City of Lincoln: Sat, March 3rd (rain date March 10th)
Volunteer with the Lincoln Volunteer Center to plant 50 trees at Joiner Park. For more info, call the center (916) 645-6254.
City of Live Oak: Wed, March 7th
Join the City of Live Oak in recognizing local 5th grade classes participating in an Arbor Day poster contest. Come for an awards ceremony and tree dedication at Live Oak Middle School. For more info, contact the Parks and Recreation Director at (530) 695-2112.
City of Galt: Sat, March 10th
Galt celebrates in a major way with tree plantings occurring throughout the city. Event will begin and conclude at Lake Canyon Park. Trees will be planted at eight different locations throughout the city. For more information, contact the City of Galt at (916) 366-7180.
In addition, the following jurisdictions have pledged to pass a formal proclamation honoring California Arbor Day:
Rancho Cordova
El Dorado County
City of Citrus Heights

For Immediate Release Contact:
Constance Crawford
(916) 924-8733 ext 118