Restoring the 'urban forest'

Restoring the 'urban forest'

Masuda calls for volunteers to help replace trees lost in last year’s windstorm

By André Coleman 09/27/2012

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Councilman Gene Masuda is joining forces with three nonprofit groups in an effort to help replant tress lost in last year’s windstorm beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Sunnyslope Park, 3005 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena.

The groups will be planting 75 trees in East Pasadena to replace those torn up last November, when 90-mph winds ripped through parts of the San Gabriel Valley, severely damaging 2,100 trees in Pasadena.

Since that time, the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation, Odwalla’s Plant-a-Tree Program and the Pasadena Community Foundation have been raising money to plant trees.

“We’re grateful to the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation, Odwalla and the Pasadena Community Foundation for their help in Pasadena’s recovery from the windstorm,” said Pasadena Public Information Officer William Boyer. “Replacing these trees will help restore our urban forest and will provide valuable habitat for wildlife.”

Masuda, whose council district includes some of the worst hit areas in the city, and the organizations are currently seeking volunteers to help with the effort.

A tree-planting demonstration by city arborists is planned for 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the park.

The city is asking volunteers to wear closed-toe shoes or boots and comfortable clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Interested volunteers should call the Department of Public Works, Division of Parks and Natural Resources, at (626) 744-4321 or email Darya Barar, program coordinator, at dbarar@cityofpasadena.net. Or visit cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorks.

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