City of Concord California

News Release

April 10, 2015

Concord receives award, celebrates Arbor Day with drought-tolerant plantings

Concord staff was recently notified that the City has earned the designation as a Tree City USA for the 34th consecutive year and the Growth Award for the 17th consecutive year from the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. The Growth Award recognizes an increased commitment of resources for urban forestry.

The City will celebrate Arbor Day this year with two events. On Wednesday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m., City staff and Woodside Elementary students in Cub Pack 380 and Girl Scout Troop 31941 will plant four drought-tolerant Chitalpa trees at BART Park, along Mesa Street near the downtown Concord BART station.

On Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m., City staff and volunteers participating in a Helping Hands Service Day park clean-up project will plant four more Chitalpa trees at Hillcrest Community Park at Olivera Road and Grant Street.

City staff is very aware of the current drought conditions in California. The Chitalpa trees will be watered using a tanker and well water for the first three years, until they are established. After that time, they will no longer need to be watered because of their drought-tolerant nature. Chitalpa is an intergeneric hybrid flowering tree in the family Bignoniaceae, bred from Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) for desert hardiness and color.

An important element of Concord's urban forest management plan includes annual planting of trees and species diversity. Climate Action Plan strategies also call for shade trees in parking lots of parks and City facilities when feasible. These best management practices have resulted in Concord being recognized with the Tree City USA award again for the 34th year. More importantly, the community experiences the many benefits of healthy trees including reduced heat island effect and a more beautiful natural environment.

For more information about how to plant, prune and care for trees, visit Concord's website at

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