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  • 32nd Anniversary as a “Tree City USA”

    NEWS RELEASE 
    March 5, 2019
    32nd Anniversary as a “Tree City USA”


    The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department invites the community to celebrate Arbor Week from Thursday, March 7th to Thursday, 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 two 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: Battles Elementary School (605 East Battles Road) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8th, and Taylor Elementary School (1921 Carlotti Drive) at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 14th, weather permitting.
     
    Santa Maria’s urban forest consists of about 45,720 street and park trees. The City is a 32-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.

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