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Source:  City of El Cajon

March 20, 2018 (El Cajon) - Join the City of El Cajon to celebrate the 29th annual Arbor Day at Kennedy Park on Saturday, March 24th at 8 a.m.  During the ceremony, the City will receive its 21st Tree City USA award presented by CAL FIRE. If you want to get your hands dirty, join members of the community, including the Lions Club and Key Club to plant trees at Kennedy Park and Granite Hills High School.

Staff and students from the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticultural Department will be on hand to train volunteers on proper tree planting techniques before heading out to plant over 20 trees in the surrounding park. Planting tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and sunscreen.

Representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric, Waste Management, Helix Water District and San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council will have displays providing conservation tips.  Free tree seedlings will be distributed by West Coast Arborists and San Diego Gas & Electric.  The El Cajon Teen Coalition will assist in providing light refreshments after the ceremony.

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.  Trees can reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Kennedy Park is located at 1675 East Madison Avenue.  For more information, please call (619) 441-1653.

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