El Monte Celebrates Arbor Day with Special Tree Planting Ceremony

Chelsea Dickerson
March 26, 2014 • 372 views

As part of the Green El Monte (GEM) initiative, the City of El Monte celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, March 21 with a special tree planting ceremony.  The event also commemorated the second year El Monte has achieved a Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters. Joined by a crowd of residents, community volunteers and school children, the El Monte City Council led the audience in planting trees around the El Monte Community Center.
“Trees are an integral part of our community and help preserve our City’s unique character,” said Councilwoman Norma Macias. “It has long been my priority to ensure we protect trees here in El Monte so that future generations can enjoy the many benefits trees offer. I hope residents will take the mission and spirit of Arbor Day to heart and plant a tree.”
As part of the event, El Monte residents and attendees were able to take home one of approximately 250 free 15-gallon ornamental trees to plant at their home. The free tree-giveaway program is sponsored by the United States Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter and Southern California Edison.
The Arbor Day celebration brought public awareness to the various social, economic, and environmental benefits that planting and cultivating trees within the city provides. All attendees received a gift tree seedling to honor the special event.
The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.  The program is established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

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