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NEWS RELEASE: California Arbor Day Celebration

February 28, 2017

NEWS RELEASE/MEDIA ADVISORY

California Arbor Day Celebration

For Immediate Release: 2/28/17

Contact: Colleen Cadwallader (916) 549-7341

Sacramento Tree Foundation and City of Sacramento celebrate ranking as the “greenest city in the States”

Who: Sacramento Tree Foundation, City of Sacramento, and La Familia Counseling Center

What: Plant a tree to celebrate California Arbor Day and recognize Sacramento’s 41st year as a Tree City USA

Where: La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center (3301 37th Avenue)

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 1- 2 pm

Story: Sacramento has a lot to celebrate this California Arbor Day on March 7. The innovative Treepedia project from MIT recently declared Sacramento the “greenest city in the nation”. Sacramento celebrates its 41st year qualifying as a Tree City USA member. And the beloved Sacramento Tree Foundation celebrates its 35th anniversary on that day.

Sacramento has transformed itself into the ‘greenest city in the nation’ as confirmed by MIT’s recent Treepedia project. Sacramento, once called the City of Plains, now has one of the most mature urban forests thanks to early pioneers like, Captain John Sutter, Mrs. Crocker, C.K. McClatchy, and Mrs. J. Henry Miller. These leaders have been joined by countless others including Mayor Phil Isenberg and Sacramento County Supervisor Illa Collin who together spearheaded the founding of the Sacramento Tree Foundation in 1982.

In celebration of these exciting milestones, on this California Arbor Day, the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Tree Foundation will plant a tree at La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center.

A place for neighbors to gather, grow, and prosper, La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center’s celebratory tree is a promise from the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento to return to the Center to plant many more trees. On this California Arbor Day we are reminded that there is still much work to do to bring a healthy, diverse, expansive tree canopy to every neighborhood in our region.

Visuals: La Familia community members and children making wishing tree tags to plant hang on the new tree, VIPs speaking and planting tree (invites have been extended to Mayor Steinberg, Council Members Schenirer, Harris, and Carr, Sacramento County Supervisor Kennedy).