For Immediate Release: Oct. 8, 2009
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
TreesHenderson Community Tree Planting Set for Oct. 24
Event Encourages Sustainability, Care of the Urban Forest
HENDERSON, Nev. – In observance of Make a Difference Day, the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting TreesHenderson, a community tree planting event, from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Acacia Demonstration Gardens, 50 Casa Del Fuego St. The free event is open to people all ages. Bring a shovel and gloves. TreesHenderson is part of the NeighborWoods national cooperative of cities and citizens to promote the economic, social and environmental benefits of the urban forest.
The event provides a hands-on opportunity for people to learn about the importance and care of trees and to help make Henderson a more beautiful place to live. In addition to tree planting, the event will include eco-friendly activities for children that encourage sustainability and conservation.
“Trees are a vital part of our city’s green infrastructure, and the benefits of a vibrant urban forest are many,” said Lisa Ortega, urban forester, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “Trees make for a more aesthetically pleasing community, but they also provide less obvious benefits, such as improving the quality of the air we breathe, reducing ozone levels, lowering air temperatures outside, and helping to reduce heating and air conditioning costs inside. But in order to truly benefit from all the good things that trees do, people must know how and where to properly plant and care for them, and that’s what TreesHenderson is all about.”
The event is co-sponsored by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department; Saguaro Power Company; Henderson Commemorative Beautification Commission; Star Nursery; NeighborWoods; High Desert Resource, Conservation and Development; Nevada Shade Tree Council; Nevada Division of Forestry; U. S. Forest Service; Alliance for Community Trees; and The Home Depot Foundation.
For additional information, call 267-4000 or visit cityofhenderson.com.