Tree of the Month

Sacramento, CA (February 1, 2008)- We’re starting a Tree of the Month feature in The Bee, just as we highlight the Modesto Garden Club’s Garden of the Month. It’s about time, some of you may be saying. After all, for 26 consecutive years, the National Arbor Day Foundation has named Modesto a Tree City USA for its comprehensive community forestry program, tree-care ordinance and Arbor Day observances.

The new feature is in cooperation with the Greater Modesto Tree Foundation Inc. and the city of Modesto’s Urban Forestry Division. The purpose is to help residents connect with their urban forests and understand the benefits of trees to communities.
Over the months, we plan to highlight “celebrity” trees, like Old Granddad, the first Modesto ash, and the Bear Tree at Stockard Coffee School. We’ll also look at trees that thrive in our area and that are especially beautiful. And we’ll show trees that have stories to them.
The Tree of the Month feature also will include nuggets of information on trees’ benefits, such as improving air and water quality and helping reduce utility bills.
We also hope that you, our readers in Stanislaus County and beyond, will direct us to trees you think should be featured. And to kick off the Tree of the Month, we invite you to send a photo of a favorite tree and a brief write-up on what makes it special. Maybe it held your first treehouse. Perhaps it has thrived against all odds, in a place where all the tree and landscaping books said it couldn’t.
Send your tree information and photographs by Feb. 22 to or to LifeStyles, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352. Digital photos should be saved at a high resolution and e-mailed as jpeg attachments. Color prints can be mailed. All photos become property of The Bee and may be republished in any format.
For more information, visit the Modesto Bee.