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Monday October 27, 2008

Since 1991, the City of Napa has planted trees in the fall to celebrate the national Arbor Day event. This year the City celebrated with tree plantings over the weekend of October 17-19.  This year three separate tree planting events were held throughout the City. (Shown at left are Alta Heights residents taking part in tree planting at Esther Deaver Park.)

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The first event was held on Friday October 17 at Stone Bridge Charter School in north Napa. Students, City staff and members of the Tree Advisory Commission participated in planting of seventeen trees on the school campus. (Shown in the photos at left.) The Arbor Day celebration was included as part of the schools Harvest Day Festival. Mayor Jill Techel read the official proclamation as part of the schools afternoon celebration.

The second event occurred at Fuller Park that afternoon. A tree was planted in memory of Karen Nelson, a resident and horticulturist who passed away in September. The tree was provided and planted by Karen’s family with help from City staff.

The third event was held on Saturday October 18 at Esther Deaver Park on East Avenue in the Alta Heights neighborhood.A number of neighboring residents helped plant twelve new trees in the rocky soil to provide shade around the park playground. Native California Sycamores and some ornamental pear trees were planted on that day. 

Annual Arbor Day tree planting celebrations help the City maintain its standing as "Tree City USA." stonebridgearborday2008.jpg