Arborist Class, Tree Planting Planned for Riverbend Park – Chico Enterprise-Record

OROVILLE – Oroville Botanic Gardens and Education Center and Feather River Recreation and Park District are looking for volunteers for a tree planting at Riverbend Park on January 29.

“We’ll take any volunteers we can find. I would love to have at least 50 volunteers show up, ”said Susan Sims, President of the Botanic Gardens.

Prior to Tree Planting Day, Sims, a Master Arborist certified by the Board of Directors of the International Society of Arboriculture, will teach a Citizen Arborist course at Dunstone Memorial Hall, 4790 Foothill Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on January 22. Participants and complete the free course will have the opportunity to be the captain of the tree planting team during the event on January 29.

“Anyone interested in becoming a citizen arborist can attend the course. They don’t have to volunteer on the 29th, but we would love if they would, ”Sims said.

The plan for Jan. 29 is to plant 105 trees, including 25 California sycamore trees, 23 valley oaks, 25 Chinese pistachios, 13 Lombardy poplars and 11 indoor live oaks, five Bigleaf maples and two European maples. large leaves in the 210 acres of Riverbend Park.

“It’s a great project for the community to get involved in the beautification of our local parks,” said Victoria Anton, Executive Director of the FRRPD.

Tree planting takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 29. Volunteers will meet at Riverbend Park where they will receive the tools to plant the trees. No advanced registration is required. Water and T-shirts will be provided. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and snacks.

“There are a lot of trees to plant, but I think we can do it,” said Anton.

The project is funded by a grant from the California ReLeaf Social Equity Urban Forest Grant Program. Oroville Botanical Gardens received a California ReLeaf grant of up to $ 100,000 in November 2021 to plant trees in the greater Oroville region.

“That’s enough funding for about 300 trees,” Sims said. “Planting trees is great for the environment and for mental health. Studies show that in addition to sequestering carbon and providing oxygen, the beauty of trees also brings a sense of peace and happiness to people.

To date, the Botanical Gardens have planted 112 trees in the community at Oroville VFW Hall, Dunstone Memorial Hall, Southside Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, African American Family and Cultural Center Community Garden, and Poplar Avenue School in Thermalito. There are plans to plant more trees in other schools in the Thermalito Union School District.

Planting locations and types of trees to be planted at Riverbend Park were determined by plans provided by FRRPD by Melton Design Group, landscape architects in Chico.

“The tree plan was in place but planned for some time in the future. When we got the grant and researched places to plant trees (FRRPD), we already had plans and wishlist for the trees. That made it easier for us and that – the tree planting funded by the grant – will save them a lot of money, ”Sims said.

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