Hug a tree for Arbor Day

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Parks & Recreation department is hosting an Arbor Day Celebration for the community from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 30 at Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road. The work day will include informational displays and booths will be set up near the upper parking lot where representatives from Anderson’s La Costa Nursery, West Coast Arborists, Davey Tree Expert Company, and SDG&E’s Vegetation Management Department will be on hand.
“This event is a great way to bring together volunteers who care about keeping Carlsbad’s parks and open spaces beautiful and well populated with trees,” said Kyle Lancaster, parks superintendent. “Carlsbad’s ability to maintain its designation for the past several years as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation confirms the city’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. This event helps us retain this national designation.”
Attendees will plant trees, restore irrigation basins, and pick up litter. Tools will be provided; however, participants are encouraged to bring work gloves, hats and shovels, if possible. Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes. Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In the event of heavy rain, the event will be canceled.
Volunteer registration will begin at 8 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to print and fill out a volunteer application prior to attending the event. Applications are available on the city’s website at carlsbadca.gov. Volunteer applications must be handed in at the event sign-in table.
Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska. Among other benefits, trees reduce the erosion of topsoil, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate temperatures, clean the air, produce oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife. For more information on the city’s Arbor Day Celebration, visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec.

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