Why you should be concerned about, and involved in, the Watsonville Urban Forest Project!

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Hello, I am Teresa Holman, a senior at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), working as an NPC intern through my field training program in Collaborative Health and Human Services. 

What I find most interesting about this article, “Plant a tree for a greener community and a cooler planet! / ¡Planta un árbol para una comunidad más verde y un planeta más fresco!” is how many residents in Watsonville are already knowledgeable of and participate in tree projects, how many residents are passionate and financially involved, and how many residents understand the importance of and the need for more trees.

To date, the City of Watsonville has planted 454 shade trees, residents have adopted 649 Fruit Trees, 69 Shade Trees, and volunteers have served over 4240 hours of service. (Our project progress.)

Brooke Sampson of Watsonville Wetlands Watch shared, “Since 2018, Watsonville Wetlands Watch has planted and adopted out more than 1,000 new trees for parks, streets, and neighborhoods throughout the City of Watsonville. These growing trees are a critical community resilience strategy for climate change.” 

Community members who want to support and become involved can contact Watsonville Wetlands Watch. They are offering free shade trees and fruit trees to Watsonville residents to plant in their yards. They also provide monthly tree adoption workshops that teach residents how to care for their trees, and their bilingual e-newsletter provides on-going tree care tips and support.  

Another way to be involved with the community engagement aspect of this project is by taking the online survey, attending meetings, and/or other events. Your input in this process will help guide the development of urban forest policies, processes, and the vision for the future urban forest. 

Watsonville’s tree survey is now open, and they want to hear from you. Click here to take the survey. Haz click aquí para realizar la encuesta!

Contact information: phone number: 831-728-1156 extension 3 or email: arbol@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org

Update: Wetlands Watch offering free shade trees to residents, businesses, click here for more information.

 

Our project progress. Watsonville Community Forest | Planting Trees For The Watsonville, CA Community. (n.d.) Retrieved November 28, 2022, from https://www.watsonvillecommunityforest.org/en/

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