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Press Release

PR - City of Tracy Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting Event at Legacy Fields

Posted: Oct 5, 2010
Location: Tracy, Calif.

The City of Tracy, in partnership with the Tracy Tree Foundation (TTF), Tracy United to Make a Difference, Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) and West Coast Arborists, Inc. (WCA) will host an Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at Legacy Fields, at 4901 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy, CA. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The City, with the help of numerous volunteers will plant approximately 150 trees in various areas of the sports facility.

Among those involved in the planting will be local dignitaries, TTF board members, Tracy’s Youth Advisory Commission members, TUSD students, and volunteers organized through Tracy United to Make a Difference. The City and its partners will be there to assist as needed.

With this, our fourth Tracy Arbor Day celebration, we hope to continue the momentum built over the past three years. This is the second major planting event funded through the CAL FIRE and California Climate Investments - Urban & Community Forestry California Climate Investment Grant. This day of service promises to be a rewarding experience for all involved. Arbor Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and support for a healthy urban forest in Tracy. Trees provide many environmental, health and social benefits, all of which contribute to improving the quality of life in our community,” stated Don Scholl, Public Works Director.

“Visitors and users of Legacy Fields will benefit greatly from this tree planting. The continual growth of these trees and future plantings will provide increasing shade, wind buffering and beautification to the landscape,” -Todd Rocha, Public Works Superintendent.

“It is amazing to me how strong the support has been from the community, volunteers and staff for this inspiring event. With this event, we, together as a community, will be planting over 150 trees throughout Legacy Fields. As these trees mature, we will enjoy the healthful and calming influences on the surrounding environment and realize what our City is all about. Family and friends will be able to enjoy for generations to come, watching our children and our children’s children play and grow as a community at this beautiful facility,” - David Murphy, Public Works Urban Forestry Supervisor/ City Arborist.

Arbor Day is typically celebrated nationally during the spring; however, any community can designate a different time of year to celebrate this event. The City has chosen the month of October to celebrate Arbor Day as the fall weather and winter rains provide the best time of year to establish new trees in Tracy’s climate.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear work clothes and gloves, and to bring shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, and water bottles, if they can. Residents interested in participating in the Arbor Day event may contact the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300 or publicworks@cityoftracy.org for more information.

CONTACT

City of Tracy – Public Works Department

(209) 831-6300

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