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Source: Monica Zech, City of El Cajon Public Information Officer

Photos by Michele Miller, City of El Cajon Public Works Dept.

March 26, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon celebrated the 29th annual Arbor Day at Kennedy Park on Saturday, March 24th at 8 a.m.  During the ceremony, the City received its 21st Tree City USA award presented by CAL FIRE.  There was a large turnout by members of the community, including the Lions Club from Granite Hills High School and Key Club from Grossmont High to plant trees at Kennedy Park.

Staff and students from the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticultural Department were on hand to train volunteers on proper tree planting techniques before heading out to plant over 20 trees in the surrounding park.

Representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric, Waste Management, Helix Water District and San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council had displays at the event providing conservation tips.  Free tree seedlings were distributed by West Coast Arborists and San Diego Gas & Electric.  The El Cajon Teen Coalition assisted 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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