Trees Make Good Neighbors in Davis

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Davis, Calif. (October 16, 2007)- Neighbor’s Night Out is an annual citywide celebration during which residents across Davis host block parties and community building events to encourage neighbors to get to know new UC Davis students who move in each October. In coordination with Neighbor’s Night Out, Tree Davis organizes neighborhood plantings as a way to bridge relations. Tree plantings this year will replace street and park trees in the Oeste and Northstar neighborhoods, areas of the city where over 50% of the trees are missing. Plantings are followed by a one-day workshop- Young Tree Care: Back to Basics- where ISA Certified Arborists will demonstrate young tree care and maintenance in hands-on, interactive sessions. Registration for the October 25th workshop is available at www.treedavis.org.


In partnership with Rob Cain, City of Davis Urban Forest Manager, Tree Davis staff identified 200 empty tree locations in the Oeste and Northstar neighborhoods. On October 20, Tree Davis aims to begin replanting. Fall is a time of change all over the country, but especially in Davis. This university town in California’s Central Valley has approximately 64,000 residents, 3,000 of them students. There is often concern about students hosting parties and taking all the good parking spaces. Neighbor’s Night Out is a chance for neighbors to meet new student renters, and open up lines of communication that can later lead to more cordial neighborly relations.
Martha Ozonoff, Board Member at the Alliance for Community Trees will be at the event to recognize the positive works that Tree Davis and the City of Davis are partnering on and speak about the value of trees. As a Davis resident, Martha has been involved with TREE Davis for over ten years.
“Having local organizations like TREE Davis participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 140 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry in 39 states and Canada. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, urban design, and other initiatives that support better awareness of the connections between trees and people.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, Vice President of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like TREE Davis, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations building affordable, efficient, and healthy homes throughout the United States and Canada. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, livable communities through the integration of affordable housing built responsibly and the preservation and restoration of community trees. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $50 million to nonprofit and government organizations throughout North America. In 2006 alone, projects supported by the foundation built 9,000 units of housing and planted 300,000 trees. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
More information at: http://calendar.neighborwoodsmonth.org or www.treedavis.org
For Immediate Release Contact:
Ruth Williams
TREE Davis
530.758.7337
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Download TREE Davis’ NeighborWoods Month press release.