• 34th Anniversary as a “Tree City USA”

    March 10, 2020
    34th Anniversary as a “Tree City USA”

    The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department invites the community to celebrate Arbor Week from Saturday, March 7th to Saturday, March 14th and encourages residents to plant trees. This week, the City is collaborating with the Santa Maria-Bonita School District by planting a tree on three school campuses throughout the community.

    These ceremonial tree plantings help educate youth on the importance of Arbor Week and the benefits provided by trees. The participating elementary schools are: Alvin Elementary (301 East Alvin Avenue), Oakley Elementary (1120 West Harding Street) and Rice Elementary (700 East Vicki Avenue). Planting times are still to be determined and weather permitting.

    Santa Maria’s urban forest consists of about 26,668 street and park trees. The City is a 34-year “Tree City U.S.A.” member. The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City as a Tree City U.S.A. member due to Santa Maria’s strong commitment to complete an urban forest program.

    Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it is celebrated on different dates according to each state. California observes Arbor Week as March 7th through March 14th.

    Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department, (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.