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There’s an old saying that “the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now." The City of Watsonville is pleased to kick off the fall tree planting season with an event dedicated to climate action. Local residents and visitors are encouraged to join City staff and nonprofit partners Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, and Pajaro Valley Arts in planting trees at Muzzio Park on Saturday, October 20th from 9am - Noon. Materials, refreshments, and a free lunch for planting volunteers will be provided. Participants will learn about local ways to engage in climate change action, and will create art with Pajaro Valley Arts. This effort is part of the Watsonville Urban Forest Revitalization Project, which obtained funding through the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program. Muzzio Park’s planting is one of several projects undertaken over the course of two years to increase Watsonville’s tree and shade coverage ratio in partnership with Watsonville Wetlands Watch.
Trees are a symbol for strength and resiliency, and an indicator of communities that invest in a healthy and sustainable future. As trees grow, they help stop the effects of climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, by storing carbon in both the tree and the soil, and by releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
Nancy Faulstich, Project Director for the Watsonville-based climate change nonprofit Regeneración, is “proud to be working with the City of Watsonville and other partners to empower our entire region to help reverse global warming.” She believes that “planting a tree is a perfect way for families and other community members to take action to cool the earth, clean the air, and care for the environment.”
Ana Paula Teeple, of Pajaro Valley Arts, appreciates the often unseen creativity represented in environmental work. “There is an art to how we steward and improve our environment and community, and we want to be a part of the transformation of Muzzio Park. As with visual and performing arts, "painting" the park with the beauty of trees will serve to inspire, nurture, beautify, and sustain our community.”
Once grown, the trees rooted at Muzzio Park will provide canopies of shade, ultimately decreasing the effects of rising temperatures and helping to maintain cooler temperatures in Watsonville. They will also support habitat for birds and create a refreshing resting spot for park visitors.
For more information, email Rachel Kippen at email@example.com
WHAT: Climate Action Tree PlantingWHEN: Saturday, October 20th from 9AM - NoonWHERE: Muzzio Park, 26 W. Front St.
COST: Free. All materials provided and free lunch for participants.