Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

United Voices for Healthier Communities, a coalition of tree-related organizations, will be planting 3,300 trees at 100 locations in California, including 315 trees in Escondido, on October 23, 2010 in order to help clean the air and create healthier communities. Volunteers interested in planting trees in Escondido may sign up by contacting Jan McLean at 760-839-4628.

In addition, a “Healthy CommuniTrees Expo” will be held to increase awareness about the benefits of trees.  It will be a part of the City of Escondido’s  Health and Safety Expo for the “Families on Foot Run Walk” to be held on the same day at Kit Carson Park, 3333  Bear Valley Parkway,  from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Under the supervision of professional arborists, volunteers will plant 142 trees at Kit Carson Park, 133 on Centre City Parkway, and 40 in the Sonata housing development beginning at 8:30 a.m.     

Funding for the project comes from the California ReLeaf America Recovery & Reinvestment Grant Program through the USDA Forest Service.  United Voices for Healthier Communities partners include the California Urban Forests Council, Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Fresno, Urban Corps of San Diego County, City of Lompoc, San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council, Central Coast Regional Urban Forests Council and San Joaquin Valley Urban Forests Council.