Mayor seeks volunteers and sponsors for citywide tree planting

provided by Mayor Dick Murphy

ayor Dick Murphy today called on volunteers and sponsors to help plant hundreds of trees throughout the city on San Diego Arbor Day. The event kicks-off the implementation of San Diego's Community Forest Initiative, which calls for planting 5,000 trees per year for 20 years – a total of 100,000 trees.

    “Planting trees is a great opportunity for San Diegans to increase the beauty of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Murphy. “When they plant a tree, residents take a step toward creating communities that we can be proud of and improving the overall quality of our environment.”

    This ambitious tree planting program will help to accomplish three of the Mayor's ten goals: create neighborhoods we can be proud of, clean up our beaches and bays, and pursue energy independence.

    “Trees provide us with more than just shade,” said Mayor Murphy. “They help improve the air we breathe, conserve energy and reduce storm-water runoff.”

    More than one hundred trees will be planted citywide on Saturday, November 16th. A variety of trees will be placed on public property in each of the eight council districts.

    The Mayor will plant the first tree in Council District I at 8am He will then caravan to the remaining seven districts to participate in tree planting events with local community groups, school children and their families. (See below for entire schedule.)

    Volunteers are needed at all eight tree planting sites for approximately two hours to plant, stake and tie trees, and celebrate their contribution to the environment with the Mayor and their councilmember.

    For more information about volunteering to plant trees on November 16, or for information about becoming a sponsor of San Diego's Community Forestry Initiative, please call 619-236-TREE (8733) or send an email to

    Help us build our community forest, one tree at a time.

San Diego Arbor Day
November 16, 2002 Kick-off Tree Planting Locations

District I Rancho Penasquitos: Corner of Adobe Bluffs Drive and Waterford Lane (adjacent to Adobe Bluffs School)
Volunteers arrive at 7:00am
District 2 Pacific Beach: 2300 block of Grand Avenue – south side
Volunteers arrive at 8:30am
District 3 City Heights: Corner of Myrtle Avenue and Cherokee Avenue
Volunteers arrive at 9:00am
District 4

Valencia Park: 5800 block of Skyline Drive (Valencia Park Elementary School)
Volunteers arrive at 9:30am

District 5

Scripps Ranch: Corner of Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Aviary Drive
Volunteers arrive at 8:00am

District 6

Clairemont: On Ashford Street near Eckstrorn Drive (Lindbergh Park)
Volunteers arrive at 8:00am

District 7 Rolando: Corner of Rolando Boulevard and Serrano Place
Volunteers arrive at 9:00am
District 8

Nestor: 1461 Palm Avenue
Community members arrive at 10:00am