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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Invites Community to Celebrate National Arbor Day on April 29 – the “Tree Planter’s Holiday!”

Redwood City, CA - April 26, 2005 - Redwood City has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as an official “Tree City USA” for the past 23 years, a remarkable achievement! This year, the City is inviting the community to create their own special Arbor Day celebration on Friday April 29th by doing something good for the community – plant a tree!

Redwood City encourages the community to consider planting a new tree on or around Arbor Day – it’s a simple, fun, family activity which can have a profound impact on the world around us:

  • Beautify ~ plant trees to beautify your home and your neighborhood. Trees around your home can increase its value.
  • Conserve ~ trees help to cool our towns, filter our water, and grip and hold precious topsoil. The trees you plant remove carbon dioxide from the air, produce oxygen, and give songbirds a home!
  • Enhance ~ when we plant trees in our communities, everyone benefits. Trees shade the concrete and help cool the entire neighborhood.
  • Learn more about National Arbor Day, get a free copy of Conservation Trees booklet, and discover other Arbor Day activities at www.arborday.org

Arbor Day began in Nebraska in 1874 as a means of encouraging the planting of trees in the ‘new’ territories not only for their aesthetic value but also as windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel and building materials, and for shade from the hot sun. Since then, Arbor Day has spread to other states and even beyond the United States, and is observed in many countries throughout the world as a celebration of trees and the unique and important role they play in our ecosystems and our lives.

To get involved with CityTrees, Redwood City’s non-profit tree planting organization, go to www.citytrees.org.

Visit Redwood City 's award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

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Contact:
Gordon Mann
Redwood City Public Works
650-780-7493

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