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City to celebrate Oaktober

Tree plantings scheduled for local elementary schools

Posted: September 30, 2010 1:50 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2010 1:50 p.m.
 

The city of Santa Clarita is gearing up for its annual Oaktober celebration. The month-long event is held during the month of October to promote the preservation of and increase resident awareness about Santa Clarita's native oak tree population.

Created to help protect and preserve Santa Clarita's trademark oak tree population, Oaktober brings community members together through events and activities designed to inform residents about the importance and care of this native tree species, which thrive in Santa Clarita.

This year marks the sixth year in a row that the native oak trees become the center of attention for the entire month of October, which is Oak Tree Awareness Month.

The city's Urban Forestry Division will celebrate Oaktober this year by having two planting projects that will take place at Mitchell Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct.12 and at Sky Blue Mesa Elementary on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Students will learn about native oak trees and be given the opportunity to participate in the planting of oak trees at their school.

"Oaktober provides the opportunity for residents to participate in the continued protection efforts of the beautiful trees that have been a part of Santa Clarita for hundreds of years," Mayor Laurene Weste said. "Through hard work and preservation, Santa Clarita's oak trees will continue to dot our landscape, and shade our neighborhoods for generations to come."


Also scheduled for this year's Oaktober celebration is the planting of 15 native oak trees near the south end of the Southfork trail. The tree planting will take place as part of the city's Make-A-Difference-Day Celebration on Oct. 23.

This year's oak tree planting will be funded through a special Air Quality Management District (AQMD) grant.

The purpose of the AQMD grant is to increase the native trees that are planted along our city trails which contribute to the clean air by reducing greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants, increasing shade and adding to the aesthetics of our native habitat.

The Urban Forestry Division applied for the grant in fall of 2009 and was awarded more than $108,000.00 dollars to plant native trees along the trails.

For more information about Oaktober and its related events, contact the city's Urban Forestry division at (661) 294-2500 or visit santa-clarita.com.

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