In keeping with a tradition befitting an official “Tree City USA,” Mayor Dave Spence and other officials planted a tree Tuesday in a ceremony recognizing May 5 as Arbor Day in the city of La Cañada Flintridge.
The young carrotwood tree was one of three being planted that day near the city’s skate park on Cornishon Avenue as a symbol of a larger effort to encourage the planting and care of trees. A sturdy Australian native species, Cupaniopsis anacardioides was selected because the city’s map indicates Cornishon is where carrotwoods belong, said Gonzalo Venegas, the city’s facilities and maintenance superintendent.
As proof, Venegas pointed out the surrounding carrotwoods lining both sides of the street. About 10 years old now, they were also planted for the celebration, he said. Arbor Day was celebrated nationally on April 24.
For every tree planted in the annual gesture, the city plants hundreds more as part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” program, of which La Cañada has been a part for 27 years. In that time, a total of 21,500 trees have been planted locally, according to Evan Conklin, deputy forester for the Los Angeles County Forestry Division, who attended the event.
After reading a resolution recognizing the occasion, Spence joined City Manager Mark Alexander, Public Works Director Edward Hitti and other city staff in the ceremonial planting of the tree.
“It’s always a pleasure to plan and dedicate a tree in the benefit of the city and celebrating Arbor Day,” Spence remarked. “I urge all citizens to plan trees to gladden the hearts and preserve the well-being of present and future generations.”