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Earth Arbor Day gives residents green light for sustainability

Posted: April 13, 2013 6:19 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2013 6:19 p.m.

Marcus Roberts, 6, center, and Karen Roberts of Castaic fill a bag with mulch at the city of Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Day event held at Central Park in Saugus Saturday.

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The fields of Santa Clarita Central Park got even greener Saturday as the city hosted its annual Earth Arbor Day celebration.

The event attracted a collection of ecological vendors and offered a variety of activities geared at teaching attendees more about sustainable living and how to reduce their impact on the environment.

“There’s just so much to learn and to find out about at this event,” said Jenni Shadle, a city arts and events coordinator and the director of the event.

Tables set up around Central Park showed residents how to reduce their carbon footprint, decrease water use and plant and maintain their own gardens.

Shadle said around 6,000 people would turn out to attend during the event’s six-hour run.

The city decided to combine Arbor Day and Earth Day into one event a few years ago, since the two events have similar goals in terms of educating the community, said city Arborist and Oak Tree Specialist Robert Sartain.

Residents turned out in force Saturday to collect supplies for their own gardens, such as free mulch or ladybugs to help with pest control, and to grab a free tree.

Sartain said about 25 different species of trees were up for grabs Saturday and virtually every one had been claimed after about two hours.

The event also included the planting of 24 new trees at Central Park.

Sartain said one of the major focuses of the event is to teach attendees about the benefits of planting and maintaining healthy trees.

"It’s great,” Sartain said of the event. “You see people start to realize that they can walk away from here with a tree and the resources and knowledge to take care of it. And little by little, leaf by leaf, you can grow this big forest.”

Valencia resident Lisa Pieleszek said she attends the event every year with her daughters, Corina and Greta.

Pieleszek said she especially enjoys how she can learn more about her community by attending the event.

“Like today, I found out about some new hiking trails I never knew existed,” she said. “Reasons like that are why we make sure to put it (the event) on the calendar every year.”

This year’s Earth Arbor Day Festival was presented by the SCV Family of Water Suppliers.
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