On April 28, the City of Paramount held its First Annual Community Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting Event.
Hundreds of volunteers from the community came out on a Saturday morning to add more growth to the City’s urban forest. A total of 200 trees were planted in parks and along avenues throughout town, pushing the total number of trees on public land over the 8,000 mark. (That works out to about 1,800 trees per square mile.) This, of course, doesn’t include the thousands more on private property.
“We love our trees in Paramount,” said Mayor Diane J. Martinez. “And we are so thankful to you wonderful people who are volunteering your time, your energy, and your labor to help us plant for Paramount. Consider yourselves part of the Paramount ‘Green’ Team.”
Recognized at the event were representatives from Amigos de los Rios, the group that helped organize the “tree stewards” and outreach efforts, and West Coast Arborist, the City’s vendor that donated the trees.
Special guest was Assemblymember and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon.
While long known for its abundance of trees and attractive landscaping, the City is applying for the first time to the National Arbor Society to become an official “Tree City USA.”
“Trees add so much value to our surroundings,” Mayor Martinez said. “They clean the air, produce oxygen, provide habitats for wildlife, supply shade to save energy, increase property values, and are just lovely to look at with their calming effect.
“Planting and caring for trees contributes to a sustainable environment for future generations,” she continued. “By being here today, you are making that contribution for our future. You are improving our community.”
Photos from the event can be viewed and downloaded on the City’s Smug Mug account: cityofparamount.smugmug.com