California Arbor Week Celebrations Grow Statewide

Special celebrations highlight importance of trees to California

Mar 04, 2011, 20:51 ET from California ReLeaf

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- California Arbor Week will be celebrated throughout the state March 7-14 to highlight the importance of trees to communities by improving air quality, water conservation, economic vitality, individual health and the beautification of residential and commercial neighborhoods.

Organizations ranging from nonprofit tree organizations to local governments, nature groups, schools and youth organizations are preparing to plant thousands of trees in every corner of the state as a commitment to green space and community well-being.

"Trees are natural wonders," said Joe Liszewski, executive director for California ReLeaf, the organization spearheading California Arbor Week activities. "Trees make California's communities better. It's that simple. Everyone can do their part to plant and care for trees, ensuring that they are a resource long into the future."

California ReLeaf is an alliance of community-based groups, individuals, industry and government agencies. Members improve the livability of cities and protect the environment by planting and caring for trees, and the state's urban and community forests.

Research shows that trees clear pollution from the air, catch significant rainwater, add to property values, cut energy use, increase commercial activity, reduce stress, improve neighborhood safety and enhance recreation opportunities.

California Arbor Week runs March 7-14 every year to mark famed horticulturist Luther Burbank's birthday. This year, California ReLeaf is sponsoring legislation to define California Arbor Week in statute. California ReLeaf is raising money to fund tree-planting initiatives and support local organizations for 2011's celebration. Visit for more information and to find an event near you.

About California ReLeaf

California ReLeaf works statewide to promote alliances among community-based groups, individuals, industry and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees.

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Contact: Joe Liszewski, Executive Director


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