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City is planting 125 oak trees for Arbor Day 

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Public invited to be a part of city’s 125th anniversary celebration by planting an oak tree

Residents are invited to play a part in the City’s 125th anniversary celebration by planting an oak tree. On National Arbor Day, 125 oak trees and other drought-tolerant plants will be made available to the public. A recommended donation of $5 will be sought with proceeds going towards to the city’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Greg Ellis of One Cool Earth, students of Liberty High School’s GreenWorks Nursery, Gary Perruzzi of the Paso Robles REC Foundation and staff from Althouse and Meade, Inc. Biological and Environmental Services will be on hand to distribute trees and other native plants to the community and to offer advice regarding planting, watering and maintenance.

As a 125th anniversary gift to the community, city staff will also dedicate a new City Park oak tree during the event, donated by Martinelli Landscaping.

The Arbor Day event is Friday, April 25, 2014, from noon to 6 p.m. at the downtown Paso Robles City Park. For more information, contact Julie Dahlen, Director of Library and Recreation Services at (805) 237-3993.

History of Arbor Day

The first Arbor Day in the world was initiated in 1805 by Ramón Vacas Roxo, a priest in the small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra. The first American Arbor Day began in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by J. Sterling Morton. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Birdsey Northrop of Connecticut helped globalize the tradition when he visited Japan in 1883 and delivered an Arbor Day message. In that same year, the American Forestry Association made Northrop the chairman of a committee to campaign for Arbor Day nationwide. Northrop brought his enthusiasm for Arbor Day to Australia, Canada and Europe. – Wikipedia

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