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Archived News Release from 2006

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Redwood City Named 2005 “Tree City” – A Remarkable 25 Years Running

Redwood City, CA - June 9, 2006 - For the 25th consecutive year, Redwood City has gained national recognition for its commitment to the community forest, being named a 2005 Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Two key community groups have played enormous roles in helping the City achieve this honorary distinction: for over 100 years, the Native Daughters of the Golden West Bonita Parlor No. 10 has hosted the City’s annual Arbor Day celebration and tree planting in honor of a prominent local citizen; and CityTrees, the volunteer tree-planting organization has planted over 1,500 new trees in Redwood City, drawing on over 1,300 volunteers investing 3,500 volunteer hours since November, 2000. Through the efforts of these local arbor enthusiasts, the City has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA – a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a comprehensive community forestry program; and an Arbor Day observance.

Redwood City ’s staff and elected officials are excited and proud about receiving this award for the 2 th consecutive year. “The residents and businesses in Redwood City are fortunate to have a diverse urban forest comprised of the many public and privately-owned trees that grow in the community." said Gordon Mann, Public Works Superintendent.  "The City appreciates the contribution from private property owners towards the canopy, screening, and the environment through the care of existing trees and the planting of new trees for future generations. This is another example of how the community contributes to our high quality of life, here in one of the most desirable places to live." 

The Native Daughters of the Golden West, consisting of native-born Californians, acts to improve the lives of people throughout our state, working on restoration of the California Missions and doing other philanthropic work, including co-sponsoring Arbor Day and thereby helping Redwood City to achieve the status of Tree City USA.

CityTrees founded in 2000, is involved in a broad spectrum of volunteer projects throughout the City. The 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.

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Contact:
Gordon Mann
Public Works Services
(650) 780-7493

Detective Jacqueline Gouldson
Redwood City Police Department
780-7620

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