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Redwood City and CityTrees Offer Free "Tree Care Workshops" to the Public

Redwood City, CA - November 10, 2003 - As part of a City-wide effort to maintain and preserve our urban forest, the Redwood City Public Works Services Department and the volunteer group CityTrees are offering a series of free, public workshops on proper tree care, pruning, and maintenance. The new “Tree Care” program offers a series of free public workshops to provide instruction and hands-on training in tree pruning and care. The program is intended to raise resident awareness of the importance of proper tree maintenance, and to educate volunteers on practices that support the growth and preservation of young trees.

The first training session is planned for Saturday January 10, 2004 from 10 a.m. until noon, and any Redwood City resident is welcome to attend. The session is limited to 20 people and is expected to fill up fast - ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, so interested residents should contact Theresa Maluia at 650-780-7464 or by email at Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The first training will consist of a one-hour class session followed by one hour of practice in the field, all supervised by tree care experts. Tree pruning guidelines will be given to attendees, and tools/safety equipment made available for the training sessions. Participants will learn and practice proper pruning techniques, preparing them to become tree maintenance captains in future CityTrees tree pruning events, as well as to properly care for their own trees.

Through a collaboration of Redwood City and CityTrees, over 1,000 trees have been planted in City neighborhoods in just the last three years. Many residents from Redwood City and neighboring communities have participated in the monthly planting events coordinated by CityTrees. This volunteer-driven partnership is making great progress in helping the City achieve its goal of planting 7,500 trees throughout the City thereby enhancing our urban forest for the enjoyment of our residents today, and for the generations to come.

Founded in 2000, CityTrees ( is involved in a broad spectrum of volunteer projects throughout the City. This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Redwood City through a coordinated program of tree planting and maintenance, education, and advocacy. With these efforts, CityTrees is preserving and extending the urban forest.

Redwood City’s Public Works Services Department builds community by providing the essential services for daily life. The Department is responsible for water utility services, right-of-way maintenance, wastewater management, and fleet and municipal services center management. Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

Contact: Gordon Mann
Public Works Superintendent




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