For Immediate Release: Oct. 5, 2011
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Community Tree Planting Set For Make A Difference Day
Event Promotes Conservation and Sustainability
HENDERSON, Nev. – In honor of Make a Difference Day, the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a tree planting event from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 350 E. Galleria Dr. The free event is open to people all ages.
Children are welcome, but those ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teens (13-17) must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Each participant should bring a hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and gloves. Lunch will be provided to volunteers.
Volunteers will assist in the planting of trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. The City’s expert birders will be on hand to share information on the wide variety of birds and animals that live at the preserve.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Make A Difference Day than by doing something good for the environment and our community,” said Lisa Ortega, urban forester, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “It’s an opportunity to learn about trees, conservation, and help to beautify a valuable community asset—the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.”
The event is co-sponsored by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department and TreesHenderson. Gold sponsors include Saguaro Power Company; City of Henderson Commemorative Beautification Commission; Nevada Shade Tree Council; Nevada Division of Forestry; U. S. Forest Service; Alliance for Community Trees; and The Home Depot Foundation. Silver sponsors include Neighborwoods, Walmart and Lowe’s.
TreesHenderson is part of the NeighborWoods national cooperative of cities and citizens to promote the economic, social and environmental benefits of the urban forest.
Some trees for this project have been awarded by the Nevada Division of Forestry in cooperation with the U. S. Forest Service. Partial funding for this project is 2009 ARRA Clark County Urban Forestry Revitalization funding (WFM 0460-31HFE) for Urban Forestry Revitalization in Clark County through the USDA Forest Service.
For additional information, call 267-4000 or visit cityofhenderson.com.
The nationally accredited City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department provides premium services through diverse and innovative parks, recreation and natural resource opportunities. It serves the community with seven recreation centers (including a facility for adults 50+), 11 pools, 52 parks, five skate parks, two sports complexes, more than 60 linear miles of trails, Acacia Demonstration Gardens, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and thousands of programs for people of all ages and abilities.