Volunteers encouraged to plant trees in Richmond


PresidentsDayGreenStop by the intersection of Humphrey Avenue and 34th Street Saturday morning to plant 15 trees in Richmond’s North and East neighborhood.

In his e-forum Tuesday, Councilman Tom Butt reminded us about the President’s Day Tree-Planting Party. Volunteers will learn how to plant trees and will also be treated to live music from Steve Seskin (check out the video below to hear him). There will also be crafts for kids and refreshments, according to the group, Richmond Trees.

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin plan to speak at the event.

Richmond Trees is a group of citizens who help the city canvass neighborhoods asking residents to adopt trees.

Aside from aesthetics and improving air quality, the group says, the benefits of adding trees include increased property values and privacy, as well as a reduction in the energy needed to heat and air-condition homes and businesses.

Richmond Trees representatives say more trees need to be planted to offset carbon dioxide emissions in Richmond.

“It is also estimated that only 10-percent of the city has tree canopy, a figure far lower than other Bay Area cities,” the group said.