Project to plant trees

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY JULIO MO­RALES Staff Writer

IM­PE­RIAL — Seven­teen trees will be planted at the new Cam­bria Park in Im­pe­rial in the near fu­ture as part of the city’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Im­pe­rial Val­ley Ur­ban For­est Project.

The 17 trees are among the 150 to­tal that the city will ul­ti­mately re­ceive and dis­trib­ute through­out its parks through the Ur­ban For­est project.

The city is cur­rently re­view­ing a list of 19 dif­fer­ent tree species to en­sure those se­lected will be the most ben­e­fi­cial to the com­mu­nity, said Em­ber Haller, Im­pe­rial Com­mu­nity Ser­vices di­rec­tor.

“Trees con­trib­ute to the hu­man and en­vi­ron­men­tal health of a com­mu­nity of­fer­ing ad­van­tages such as heat stroke pro­tec­tion, cleaner air, stress re­lief and more,” Haller said in a writ­ten state­ment. “Plant­ing trees beau­ti­fies our neigh­bor­hoods while help­ing our res­i­dents feel bet­ter and en­hanc­ing their qual­ity of life.”

In ad­di­tion to the trees, the city will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Tree Stew­ard­ship Pro­gram spon­sored by the non­profit Tree San Diego and open to the pub­lic on April 6, at the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Cen­ter, 124 W. Ninth St.

To reg­is­ter for the work­shop, please con­tact (760) 355-3316 or email com­mu­ni­ty­ser­[email protected] city­ofim­pe­

Aside from the city of Im­pe­rial, Holtville Braw­ley, Calex­ico and El Cen­tro are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Im­pe­rial Val­ley Ur­ban For­est Project.

The project is made pos­si­ble by fund­ing awarded in Fe­bru­ary 2018 by the Cal Fire Ur­ban For­est Ex­pan­sion and Im­prove­ment Grant Pro­gram.

As part of the nearly $5 mil­lion project, El Cen­tro will re­ceive about 400 trees, with Calex­ico and Braw­ley set to re­ceive about 350.

“We are grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate,” City Man­ager Rosanna Bayon Moore stated in an email.

Holtville is ex­pected to re­ceive about 150 trees to­tal, sim­i­lar to Im­pe­rial.

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