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Santa Monica Plants Trees for Arbor Day

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By Daniel Larios
Staff Writer

April 18, 2014 -- A coalition of Santa Monica civic and business leaders are joining together to plant trees for the community in order to celebrate Arbor Day this month.

The City of Santa Monica, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, the UCLA Circle K Kiwanis Club, and the Recreation and Parks Commission will be hosting a tree planting event on April 23 at 11 a.m. at 19th street between Pico Boulevard and Delaware Boulevard. 

Those who wish to attend the ceremony can RSVP through email at trees@smgov.net.

Two American Sweetgums (Liquidambar styraciflua) will be planted in the parkways on 19th Street between Pico Boulevard and Delaware Avenue, according to officials.

The American Sweetgum is noted for its glossy, green star-shaped leaves in the spring and summer that turn vivid red, yellow and purple in the fall. It can grow from as high as 60 feet to 75 feet and provide ample shade and significant environmental benefits.

The word Liquidambar alludes to the fragrant terebinthine juice or gum that exudes from the tree.

Arbor Day was founded by Julius Sterling Morton, a journalist turned newspaper editor and politician.  Morton proposed that a day be dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees. 

The State of Nebraska declared April 10, 1872 as the first official Arbor Day, where an estimated one million trees were planted throughout the state.

In addition, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques in his adopted state of Nebraska and throughout the United States as Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland in 1872. 

His dream was realized across the U.S. when Arbor Day was recognized nationally in 1970.

This year marks the 142nd anniversary of Arbor Day and Santa Monica’s 33rd year as a Tree City USA, an honor given by the Arbor Day Foundation for the commitment to effective urban forest management, according to officials.

To learn more about Santa Monica's urban forest, visit www.santamonicatrees.com. More Arbor Day information can be found at www.ArborDay.org.


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