Some forestry in San Diego. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Volunteers are scheduled Saturday to plant nearly 200 trees at six locations around National City, as part of a statewide urban forestry program.

The trees will go into the ground at El Toyon Park, along Euclid Avenue, Kimball Park, Las Palmas Park, the bike path near Plaza Bonita and Sweetwater Heights Park, according to the city.

The planting is part of the “Invest From the Ground Up” campaign, designed to show how investing in trees and green spaces creates great neighborhoods, and CIRCLE — the California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions — which seeks to improve and enrich urban forests by planting site specific and drought tolerant shade trees of various species.

“We are very excited to see so many community partners and National City residents involved in improving their quality of life and environment through planting trees,” said CIRCLE coordinator Corey Bassett. “The trees planted through this grant will be working hard for the communities they’re planted in.”

National City is the last of nine cities around the state to have trees planted. Previous events took place in Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Ceres, La Puente, Ontario, Paramount and Tracy.

By the time the local event is completed, around 1,350 trees will have been planted. The National City event is for ages 5 and above. Volunteers are asked to bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen and a shovel and/or rake if they have them. A limited amount of tools will be provided.

Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. at El Toyon Park, 2005 E. Fourth St.

— City News Service

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