From left: Junior Felise, Nila Felise, Charlie Felise, Amon Greene and Tony Greene plant a tree during the Arbor Day celebration. Photo by Tony Cagala
From left: Junior Felise, Nila Felise, Charlie Felise, Amon Greene and Tony Greene plant a tree during the Arbor Day celebration. Photo by Tony Cagala
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City celebrates Arbor Day

ENCINITAS — The recent rains saturated the grounds, making it malleable enough for shovels to easily pierce through the grass for digging holes large enough to accommodate new trees planted in a portion of the city’s new Encinitas Community Park.

Several volunteers, with city and county elected officials and the Cardiff 101 Main Street Association, teamed up to celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday.

A variety of trees from Laurels to Japanese Blueberrys, were planted not only at the community park but three trees were planted at Cottonwood Creek Park and five trees planted at Sun Vista Neighborhood Park and two trees at Wiro Park.

According to the city, Encinitas maintains more than 13,000 trees as part of its urban forest management program and has earned a Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for four years.

Brothers Peyton May, left, and Travis May, of Western ECI volunteer to plant trees during the Arbor Day celebration in Encinitas on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaCaden Lasho, right, with Kai Usher use their feet to pack down dirt around a newly planted Laurel tree, while Dianne Ervin, an arborist with Western ECI watches on. Caden decided to name the tree “Peaches.” Photo by Tony CagalaKai Usher examines an earthworm found while helping to plant a tree at the Encinitas Community Park. Photo by Tony CagalaChristian Bretschneider, left, and Brayden Goracke put the finishing touches on their planted tree. Photo by Tony CagalaBrothers Benjamin Feura, left, and Sebastian Feura help dig out a spot for a new tree with the help of Greg Peck from SDG&E. Photo by Tony CagalaAmon Greene, at one-and-a-half years old, likes to get his dirty. Photo by Tony Cagala

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