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February 11, 2014 > Milpitas Tree Planting

Milpitas Tree Planting

Submitted By Frank Addiego

In an attempt to beautify the City and enhance the environment, MilpitasÕ Green Tree Subcommittee will hold a series of tree-plantings in parks and recreational areas throughout the city. ÒThis is kind-of a pet project that was initiated after years of not having Arbor Day,Ó said Community Advisory Commissioner Jacqueline Holland, ÒWe passed the whole idea and it was up to me and the entire subcommittee to plan what this would look like.Ó

On February 15, the subcommittee and volunteers will meet in Cardoza Park for a brief training session on how to plant and stake trees. ÒWeÕre going to have arborists walking around,Ó said Holland, who praised MilpitasÕ City Arborist Ed Mosqueta as a passionate environmentalist. ÒHe hosts the training sessions personally.Ó

ÒThe council approved the tree planting program in June of last yearÓ said MilpitasÕ acting Planning & Neighborhood Services Director Felix Reliford, during the January 21st city council meeting, Òpart of the grant requires that we have 100 volunteers. To date we have about 62/63 volunteersÉ we are confident that we are going to meet that number.Ó As of February 1st, that number had climbed to 87.

The tree-planting is also one of many Milpitas events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the City of Milpitas. ÒOne of our commissioners identified that the City of Milpitas was no longer planting trees on a grant basis,Ó said Commission Chair Samantha Beard. ÒAbout five years ago, we had a big tree-panting program, but because of redevelopment funds being diminished throughout the city, they had to cut that out; so the CAC supported this idea of wanting to beautify and green Milpitas,Ó which led to a focus on adding more trees.

The subcommittee planted their first tree at the 60th anniversary celebration on January 26 at the Milpitas Civic Center Plaza. ÒThe mayor and the city council planted that tree as a kick-off for us,Ó Beard said.

The subcommittee specifically chose to plant Jacaranda trees not only because of their distinctive purple blossoms, but, according to Holland, ÒThey are drought resistant. They donÕt suck up a lot of water.Ó The subcommittee plans to plant Jacarandas around the city borders so that people driving in from neighboring cities will recognize that they are in Milpitas.

The February 15th event has attracted many sponsors including Safeway, Dixon Laundry, Calibur Productions, Knob Hill and Invest from the Ground Up, ÒInvest from the Ground Up is who we really have to thank for this event,Ó said Beard, Òwe applied for 50 trees and they gave us 100.Ó

In addition to improving environmental quality, the Community Advisory Committee is, according to Beard, Òtrying to get youth involved.Ó High school students who participate in tree-planting events may receive a letter of recommendation and community service hours.

Those interested in signing up for the event or volunteering at future events are encouraged to contact CAC Commissioner Ray Maglalang at Raymag72@yahoo.com or (408) 506-8626.

Tree planting training
Saturday, Feb 15
9 a.m.
Cardoza Park
1356 Kennedy Dr., Milpitas
(Kennedy Drive at North Park Victoria)
(408) 506-8626
Raymag72@yahoo.com

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