City of Concord Joins Effort to Plant 1,700 Trees in 1 day – Seeks Volunteers

January 29, 2014 14:30 pm · 33 comments

Volunteers are still needed….

The City of Concord will join an effort to plant over 1,700 trees in one day – February 15 – in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern San Joaquin Valley. The project is sponsored by Invest from the Ground Up, a program of the California Urban Forest Council. The City was awarded a grant from the sponsor to cover the cost of the trees.

The City is looking for 150 volunteers to help plant 56 trees at the Boatwright Sports Complex, located at Campus Drive and Alberta Way, on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to bring a shovel, gloves and a water bottle. Carpooling is encouraged.

When Concord’s 56 trees mature, they will provide shade, beautify the area, and remove 2.13 tons of CO2 and 560 lbs. of pollutants from the air every year.

To sign up for the tree planting, contact Chris Llata in the City’s Parks Department,

Jesse January 25, 2014 at 11:56 PM

I’m in!

anon January 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

How awesome! Chicago did a ground-breaking study about 35 years ago and even then said that each of their 100+ year old Oaks cleaned the air of pollutants at the equivalent of $1,000,000 each. Glad to see the value of our wonderful trees is being championed here, too!

LitlleWing January 26, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Me too!

RumDog January 26, 2014 at 7:49 AM

In the middle if a drought? Cruelty
to trees.

Shasta Daisy January 26, 2014 at 8:01 AM

That place could use a few more trees.
Wonder where they are going to plant ’em?

Maybe I can help. too.

Drvrdadca January 26, 2014 at 8:10 AM

And in a drought. Nice thinking from the planners of this event.

94598 January 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Awesome, 56 more places for my doggies to tinkle.

KAD January 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

This is a great idea. Now to stop the developers from cutting down the trees we have already planted.

Cassandra January 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

This is awesome for Concord! I actually did this when I was away at college, and it was fun!

My Dad told me, “College students are perfect for this. Get out there and plant! Work hard while you’re at it.”

So a bunch of us did. Such memories…..

Shelly January 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I wonder if any will be indigenous varieties? I wonder if there is any variety? I wonder if older women are welcome? It could be a good time!

Mark January 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Those of you thinking planting trees now because of the drought ought to think your responses through before showing your ignorance.

Foonman January 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Seems they will need watering, but I’m still for it………

Diane January 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM


I think all volunteers are welcome, as long as you give it a lot of effort. Good volunteers are hard to find. But I was thinking the same thing myself.

Under 50 comes to mind. That disqualifies me!

Water for the trees will come from NON-POTABLE well water January 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

and for Shelly, at #10, of course older women will be welcome, as long as they can manage a shovel.

Isa January 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

It sounds great!! I think all of us would qualify if we have a good attitude. Age is not an obstacle. My mom LOVED planting and doing farm work until she was about eighty!! She went to heaven this past June; she was 87. In her memory I would to volunteer for this event.

Shelly January 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Cool. Thanks!

Shelly January 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

@Isa, so sorry, that’s hard. I got to keep my mom till she was 87 too, then she had to go. Funny thing though, she whispers things to me in my ear. It’s not that I hear something, but thoughts & ideas pop into my brain that have to have come directly from her!

Shelly January 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

She’s up for me to do this too!

RumDog January 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

@Mark We can’t all be smartasses
like you.

@Mark January 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

It’s difficult to determine what point you tried to make with your unintelligible statement.

RumDog January 27, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Was that a Nancy Pelosi quote, or just
more of your brilliant intellectual

Awesome January 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Why isn’t BAAQMD creating programs like this? I know, it’s easier to sit in an office and pay for stupid radio commercials about people burning a piece of oak in their wood burning stove. I hope they volunteer their time to this effort. They really are useless if they don’t.

tired of taxes January 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Fruit bearing trees please!
Two birds with one stone. Clean the air and feed the hungry while you’re at it.
Like something being done in Seattle:

Sorry, I can't participate, I'll be in France January 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

but this is a very worthwhile project. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air, and provide oxygen, while also removing other pollutants, which helps keep our air clean; the more trees, the fewer spare the air days, down the road. I hope all you volunteers have an enjoyable day, and good eats while there.

mutts January 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Welfare recipients can do this to pay their way.

katy January 29, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Great idea! I have five teenagers at my house that I would like to volunteer them for this worthwhile project, (unbeknownst to them) I just wish this idea would be implimented around the world! Just think what China could do with more trees.

LM January 30, 2014 at 3:06 AM

The city should seriously consider planting a food forest or forest garden. The social, economic, and ecological benefits of permaculture and urban agroforestry are well documented

Carol Putman January 30, 2014 at 4:01 AM

I tried very hard not to comment on this
post, but as a California native and a
resident of Claycord since 1950, it is
appalling to me how the beauty of the
area mentioned has been descimated.
It once was a lovely, oak-studed land,
grazed by cattle year round in a bucolic
rural vista which provided endless
enjoyment for those of us who live
nearby. The CSU campus came in
and cut a huge ugly swath through
the middle of it, dumped the dirt from
the construction at the corner, and
graded it flat. Then, as if that weren’t bad
enough, they paved over a large area
and constructed the ugly soccer fields and a
parking lot. Now, someone is going
to plant a lot of trees there. Flowering
trees? Give me a break. They will no
doubt block the view of the few remaining
property and the pitifully few Black Angus
that are grazed there seasonally, a scene
which is a California treasure and far
too infrequently seen around here anymore.
If you have no respect for the natives of
an area, move along. You don’t belong
here. Any trees planted in this area will
be competing with those few remaining
more beautiful than anything else you
could plant. Leave it alone.

Carol Putman January 30, 2014 at 4:04 AM

They PAVED it, and put a PARKING LOT!
What’s wrong with you people?

Atticus Thraxx January 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM

You didn’t try hard enough Carol Putnam.

Carol Putman January 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

@Atticus Thraxx You’re obviously not
part of the solution. Move along.

Cowellian January 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Cowellian January 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM

How far do you want to turn back the clock, Carol? Someone was probably complaining about how ugly and intrusive your neighborhood was, back when it was first built.

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