Tree Planting California: Local University Roots for Change
Tree Planting California – Stanbridge University Sows the Seeds of Change
On Saturday, September 20, 80 volunteers planted 166 native trees and plants at Stanbridge Univerisity’s inaugural tree-planting event with the City of Irvine.
Firstly, the Stanbridge outREACH Root for Change Tree Planting Initiative was established with the goal of planting 10,000 trees across Southern California.
Moreover, Shadetree Partnership Nursery has committed to providing native trees and plants at no cost for the entire initiative.
Tree Planting California – The Need for Trees
From January 1, 2019 through September 22, 2019, there have been 4,314 fires in California. This affected 39,605 acres of land. Similarly, in 2018, over 627,000 acres were affected by fire.1 As a result, students from Stanbridge took action and the Stanbridge outREACH Root for Change Tree Planting Initiative was born. After that, Stanbridge began planting 10,000 trees and wildlife to help restore the affected land.
In addition, tree-planting benefits the community. For example, according to the City of Irvine, the revitalization of the Upper Bee and Bosque sections of the Great Park Trails serves to link residents and visitors to the dynamic and meaningful seasons of a Southern California native landscape.
Above all, planting trees generally helps improve our ecosystem. For instance, according to the Arbor Day Foundation: “[Trees] offer cooling shade, block cold winter winds, attract birds and wildlife, purify our air, prevent soil erosion, clean our water, and add grace and beauty to our homes and communities.”
To sum up, the planting of trees and plants is a small but important step towards a healthier planet.
Tree Planting California – What’s Next?
Stanbridge plans to plant 300 native plants in other local cities by the end of the year. In addition, the university will return to the City of Irvine in 2020 for further tree-planting events.
Finally, find out more about Stanbridge University and the outREACH community service program here.
1 Source: California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection