13 New Trees Planted in Berkeley’s First Official

Tree City, USA Arbor Day Celebration


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Councilmember Capitelli joins City staff, Thousand Oaks School students and community members in celebrating Arbor day.

 The City of Berkeley celebrated its first day as an official Tree City USA today by planting 13 young trees on and around Thousand Oaks Elementary School in North Berkeley.  In a joint City and Berkeley Unified School District effort, Thousand Oaks students learned about the critical importance of trees in our environment, as well as proper tree planting techniques from local expert arborists, school district employees and Berkeley Parks Department staff.

An enthusiastic crowd of participants and observers cheered as students planted the 2 Trident Maple trees that will now beautify and enliven what had long been an empty corner of the school’s blacktop.


The mood was festive as the group moved to the school’s adjacent park to plant 3 Saucer Magnolias and to help Parks staff put in 4 Western Redbuds and 4 Coast Live Oaks into the planting strips along Ensenada and Tacoma Avenues.

Excavated earthworms, ants and pill bugs were examined closely in the process. 

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Thousand Oaks School Gardening teacher, Daria, instructs her students about tree planting.

  With student sitting on the branches of a large nearby tree applauding, Berkeley City Councilmember Laurie Capitelli accepted the official Tree City, USA banner from a representative for the National Arbor Day Foundation, the sponsors of the program.  He thanked all the children, community members and staff who participated in the event and invited everyone to join him in the next neighborhood planting, which will be announced shortly.


Arbor Day is a national opportunity to celebrate trees, to educate children about the social, environmental and cultural benefits of trees, and to plant trees in our neighborhoods.   Tree City USA is a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, that provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs.

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Councilmember Capitelli receives the official Tree City USA flag from James Scheid, California Department of Fire Safety.


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Mark Coplan, Public Information Officer for the Berkeley Unified School District, brought his video camera to document the tree planting.  His videos are posted at

Arbor Day Part 1: Thousand Oaks School 

Arbor Day Part 2: City of Berkeley Park

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