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Community digs in for Arbor Day celebration

ENCINITAS – While the national Arbor Day celebration is at the end of April, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, California tends to recognize the day the week of March 7 through March 14.

But for the 135-year-old idea that celebrates taking a day to plant trees, Saturday proved as fine a day as any. Volunteers’ shovels punched through dirt sections along La Veta Avenue, filling the freshly dug holes with trees.

As of this time last year, Encinitas remained a member of Tree City U.S.A. for the second year in a row. To receive the Tree City designation, a city must have a tree board or department, establish a tree care ordinance, create a community forestry program with an annual budget of $2 per capita; and develop an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The event was hosted by the city of Encinitas, Leucadia 101 Association, West Coast Arborists and SDG&E.

Volunteers help dig in to celebrate Arbor Day on April 5. Photo by Tony CagalaBefore a tree was planted along La Veta Avenue in Encinitas, volunteers made sure the hold was dug to the right depth. Photo by Tony CagalaTrevor Darlington, 7, readied to shovel some fill dirt onto one of the planted trees. Photo by Tony CagalaJakob Ugrob, 8, stomps down on some dirt where a tree was planted during an Arbor Day celebration. Photo by Tony CagalaDennis Philbin, right, with grandson Kayden Philbin work together to plant a tree. Photo by Tony CagalaBridgette Pena of Coral Tree Farms readies some clay pots where saplings would be planted. Photo by Tony CagalaParents Mary and Beau Moffatt with their son Elijah at the rock painting station. Photo by Tony CagalaPatty Berg, left, owner of The Wishing Tree Company, and Gabriel Michael position a plum tree in the fruit tree forest at Beacons Bible Church. Photo by Tony Cagala

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