The city of Encinitas was named 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management, the city said in March 2017.
Encinitas achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“We are honored to have been named a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation. Recognizing the many environmental, social and economic benefits that can be derived from trees, the city of Encinitas has a vested interest in continuing to develop of a healthy urban forest community,” said Mayor Catherine Blakespear.
When planted properly and maintained, trees help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
The timing for the award couldn’t have been better. The city of Encinitas will host its annual Arbor Day event at the Encinitas Community Park on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The park is located at 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA. 92024.
Volunteers are needed to help plant a variety of five-gallon and 15-gallon trees in the park.
Booths featuring valuable tree care information will also be at the event and free give-a-ways.
Featured agencies include the city of Encinitas Public Works Department, West Coast Arborist, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., The Wishing Tree Company, Davey’s Tree & Resource Group & Western ECI. The city is also inviting its local nurseries to participate and share their wealth of knowledge on tree benefits.