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Archived News Release from 2006

For Immediate Release

Vandals Strike Volunteer-Planted Trees

Redwood City, CA - April 19 , 2006 - Sometime late Thursday night, April 13, 2006 (or early the next morning) 17 new street trees that were planted by CityTrees volunteers were vandalized, leaving broken tops and branches of the sensitive young trees. The trees had been planted just a week earlier in front of a number of houses along the ten and one hundred blocks of Arch Street in Redwood City. Twelve of the trees were damaged beyond repair and have been removed.

These trees were part of a neighborhood planting project by CityTrees, a local non-profit that has partnered with Redwood City to plant and maintain street trees. The 47 trees planted in that area were paid for by a grant CityTrees received, and the work was performed by volunteers with support from Redwood City’s Tree Maintenance staff.

This is the first time that a disturbing event like this has occurred in CityTrees’ history of planting trees throughout Redwood City. The City and CityTrees intend to very quickly replant the 12 trees that had to be removed due to this vandalism. The damage resulting from this act of vandalism is estimated at $2,000, is a violation of a City Code, and punishable by a $500 citation per tree plus the replacement value of the trees, in addition to any criminal penalties. Anyone with information about this vandalism is asked to contact Redwood City Police Detective Jacqueline Gouldson at 780-7620.

The City currently has approximately 18,000 street trees, greatly contributing to the quality of life for the entire community. Since late 2000, CityTrees has planted almost 1,500 trees towards the City’s goal of 7,000 new trees. Their website is www.citytrees.org.

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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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