McCambridge Park Benefits From Plant-A-Tree Ceremony

Residents of all ages gathered at McCambridge Park for this year's Plant-a-Tree Donor Awards Ceremony The yearly event is a gathering of Burbank's Civic Pride Committee to award certificates to those who have donated monies to the city for trees in peoples honor or memory. Following the certificate ceremonies the City of Burbank's Park & Recreation's Forestry Division plant a new tree and have those in attendance assist with planting and filling the remaining dirt. Pictured is Andrew Podbielski getting a little help from Kreigh Hampel of Burbank's Public Works. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The City of Burbank has chosen to dedicate the entire month of March 2011 as Arbor Month.  Two ceremonies were held to celebrate the awareness of trees in our environment and to recognize the many benefits of trees in our community.

Burbank has been named a Tree City USA recipient by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 34th consecutive year. This honor is shared with the City of Sacramento for being the only two communities in the State of California to have been recognized with this prestigious recognition since this program’s inception. This national recognition acknowledges Burbank’s commitment to its community forest.

The Tree City USA recognition was acknowledged when the City of Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department held an Arbor Day ceremony at Miller School/Park on Wednesday, March 23.    A tree was planted; everyone in attendance had an opportunity to help plant it.  The tree will serve as a living testimonial of everyone’s commitment to the beautification of the City of Burbank through the planting and maintenance of all trees throughout the City.

In a second Arbor Month ceremony, the Burbank Civic Pride Committee recognized the citizens, organizations, and businesses who participated in Burbank’s 56th annual Plant-a-Tree Month.  Donor recognition certificates were awarded at the Plant-a-Tree ceremony held Thursday, March 24 at McCambridge Park, Burbank.  A total of $1,500 was received this year.  The contributions received from all donors will be pooled together to purchase new trees to be planted this year at McCambridge Park.  The reforesting is necessary due to the loss of some trees that went down in recent rainstorms