Calling all Volunteers: Tree Planting in the New 9th

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Please join Council District 9 on June 4 for a tree planting celebration in partnership with Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, City Plants, Los Angeles Sanitation, and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.

We’re calling on volunteers of all ages to help us plant 170 trees along a 2-mile stretch of Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. This is the final of four tree-planting events that have transformed 6 miles of the Vermont Avenue corridor in South L.A.

These trees will help save energy, combat the urban heat island effect, clean polluted city air, and reduce greenhouse gases along one of the busiest business and residential corridors in Council Districts 8 and 9. 

In all, the project—titled “South LA Carbon into Canopy: Vermont Corridor”—has allowed us to plant more than 600 trees this past spring thanks to a collaborative effort with the different offices and a $750,000 grant from CAL FIRE and a $257,000 match from LADWP’s energy efficiency program through City Plants. 

If you’re interested in participating, we will be meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Vermont Gage Park, 6264 S. Vermont Ave., LA 90044. Winchell’s Donuts will provide free breakfast. Volunteers will also receive free lunch. The event, which also includes a community resource fair with music and exhibits, ends at 1 p.m.

If you’re looking for another incentive, we will also be giving away fruit trees and shade trees while supplies last. Hope you can join us for the festivities as we work together to beautify our community.

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